What are the pros? Color, Prolific
What are the cons? Huge vines!
We had a very dry hot mid-summer (for the Pacific Northwest, that is - many days in the mid-90s). I planted these in early summer and was worried - they grew and grew, but no pods! The pods didn't appear until August. Then, I planted more in early August, and those developed pods much sooner. It's now mid-October, and I've been harvesting them for the past month, waiting for the pods to become dry and papery on the vine as I want to use them as soup beans this winter. The beans are beautiful: it's a delight to open each pod and discover the colors inside.
I will grow these again next year, but ensure that I allow more space for the vines. They did try to take over one corner of the garden and smothered a nearby tomato plant! They grow tall, so next time I will either grow them on the back fence of my garden, or on a tall teepee support.
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