Royal Purple Bush Bean Seeds; organic + heirloom

Royal Purple Bush Bean Seeds; organic + heirloom

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One seed packet filled with wild magic: heirloom organic seeds grown and collected by hand on our small scale farm. For expert and aspiring gardeners. An environmentally conscious alternative to conventional seed.

In an effort to save on paper and ink, planting instructions can be found below. Printed instructions are available by selecting the option for our planting information postcard. A beautiful postcard including the main listing photo for this seed variety, plus detailed planting instructions on the back.

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{royal purple bush bean}
Phaseolus vulgaris
15+ seeds

This easy to grow staple of the vegetable garden is best harvested as a fresh snap bean. Beautiful purple pods with a flavor slightly sweeter than a regular green bean. Delicious raw or cooked, though their purple color fades to green when cooked.

{planting information}
Days to Germination: 8 to 10 germination may take two weeks or more if soil temperatures are below 60 F.
Days to Maturity: 50-60
Lifecycle: annual
Sunlight: full sun
Height: 1-3 ft
Spread: bush type 1-3 ft.

{how to plant} 
Do not plant until danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Germination is poor when soil temperature is below 60 F. Cold air temperatures (even above freezing) can injure plants and reduce yields. Soaking beans to hasten germination may damage seeds. Do not start seeds inside, as beans do not like to be transplanted.

Plant seed one inch deep (deeper if soil is dry), about 2 inches apart, in rows 18 to 36 inches apart. For a steady supply of beans, make successive plantings until mid-summer.

Beans require even moisture, about 1 inch per week, especially when flowering and developing pods. If you water, avoid wetting foliage, which encourages disease. Water early in the day so foliage dries quickly. To reduce disease spread, do not work among wet plants. Mulching after second set of true leaves develops helps retain moisture.

Do not use nitrogen fertilizers. Inoculating seed with rhizobium bacteria may increase yields, especially in soils where beans have not been grown before.
Pod set is often poor when temperatures exceed 90 F.
Deformed pods may be the result of lack of moisture, poor soil fertility or insect damage during blooming. A three-year rotation helps reduce some diseases.

Seeds are packaged in 100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste brown kraft envelopes. Thank you for recycling again.