Organic Painted Pony Bush Bean - Phaseolus vulgaris
A darling Mexican heirloom named for its mottled appearance. A great stringless, long, thin snap bean when young. The dry bean, rich and nutty in flavor, is wonderful for soups or over rice and will keep its beautiful bi-colored markings when cooked. This one receives many ohhs and ahhs when seed for the first time. Productive and strong!
- Sun: Full to partial
- Indoors: 4 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost
- Seed Count: 40
Do not plant in cold wet soil. Soak seeds in water for 30 minutes and add an inoculant before planting. Mulch at base of plants and keep weeds at bay. Use tipi, corn, or trellis for support.
When starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.