Beans - Organic
Lady Di Bean Organic
84-100 days. This aristocratic runner deserves a place of prominence in either the veggie garden or an ornamental planting. With the radiant beauty of a princess, Lady Di's brilliant flowers are more vibrant red than our other runner beans. Climbing to a stately 10 feet tall, the plants burst into lipstick-red blooms that attract swarms of hummingbirds. Its textured pods are remarkably tender, completely stringless, fleshy, moisture-laden, and succulent with thick walls. We enjoyed them at 6-7 inches long, although even at an astounding 10-12 inches they maintain their high quality texture and flavor. Lady Di produces its edible crops early and the pods develop seeds at a leisurely pace, which means a long harvest window. Black and red mottled seed.
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|Seed Depth||Seed Spacing||Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Germ.||Thin Plants To||One ounce plants 12-15 row feet, 1/2 pound for 100 row feet. Seed counts are listed in each variety.|
Phaseolus coccineus These climbing beans have bold, pollinator and hummingbird-attracting flowers followed by big, tasty pods. More tolerant of cool soils and partially shaded areas than other beans, plant these versatile, edible ornamentals where you can enjoy their beauty.
CULTURE: Runner beans are easy to grow but are slow to produce flowers in hot dry weather. Unlike other beans, runner bean flowers require pollination to set pods. Keep plants well watered and mulch to keep their roots cool. Refer to the bush and pole bean cultures (below) for more growing tips.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Usual seed life: 2-3 years.
BUSH BEAN CULTURE: Bush beans are one of the most trouble-free garden crops and mature just ahead of pole beans. Beans like warm soil and will not germinate if the soil temperature is below 60°F. In a well worked bed, plant the seeds in rows 18-36 inches apart. Beans are relatively light feeders. One cup of our complete fertilizer per 10 row feet will provide adequate nutrition. Excess nitrogen results in excess foliage with poor pod set and delayed maturity. Optimum pH is in the range of 5.5-6.5, mildly acidic. Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather. Mulch around the roots to help conserve moisture.
POLE BEAN CULTURE: In the early days, pole beans were planted at the base of rough wooden poles where the vines clung to the bark as they twined upward. Today most gardeners grow pole beans on trellises. To make a trellis, stretch 2 wires between 2 stout posts. The first wire should be about 10 inches above the ground and the second wire at about 5-6 feet. Tie bean string to 1 wire and begin making a V-shaped trellis by zigzagging the string between the 2 wires and wrapping around each wire about every 8 inches. Rough string will stimulate the bean vine's twining habit. See Garden Supplies for bean string and other trellising supplies. Sow seeds along the bottom of the trellis, in rows 3-4 feet apart. If planting to grow on poles, plant 6 seeds at the base of each pole. Grow and fertilize like bush beans.
Key to Bean Disease Resistance/Tolerance
A........Resistant to Anthracnose
BV......Resistant to Bean Common Mosaic Viruses
R........Tolerant to Rust
CTV...Tolerant to Curly Top Virus