What are the pros? Easy, prolific, delicious
What are the cons? Sharp pod end, careful picking
Incredibly, outstandingly, jaw-droppingly productive. These beans are best planted in early spring here in zone 9a, when planting your string beans, and you'll harvest dry beans until first frost. My initial planting of 12-16 beans turned into 6 pints of gorgeous homegrown dry beans. You can almost see the vines grow - they snake across fences, up trellises, across the yard, and even 25 ft into a crape myrtle canopy.
The pods will pop open when they are completely dry, so I recommend picking when the beans rattle in the dry pod. Shell promptly and let the bean fully dry, or the pod will pop open on your porch.
Year 2 of growing these beans and half my plants are volunteers from forgotten popped open pods. Germination is slightly better when the beans are soaked for a few hours before planting. They are fine growing in heavy gumbo clay soil, compost piles, forgotten piles of leaves, garden beds, exc.
I was given a handful of these beans in a swap, a mix of different colors.
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