Bean – Royal Burgundy Bush

$3.48

A vigorous sprouter, its pretty purple flowers keep blooming to provide a long harvest.  Attractive purple 13-cm (5.25″) pods the colour of grape juice and sugar sweet turn a bright green after two minutes in boiling water – like a built-in timer to let you know when your beans are done blanching. A fun way to engage your kids in the garden.  Excellent disease resistance. Plants grow to 50 cm (20″).

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Description

Botanical name
Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Royal Burgundy’

Family
Fabaceae

Spacing
8 per square foot in 2 rows of 4. Does better with some support. Could even be a wire wicket bent at 30 cm (12″).

Depth
Lay seeds on their side and cover with 2 cm (1″) of soil. Firm the soil with your fingers.

Requirements
Hot and sunny. Loamy soil, pH around 6-6.5.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 8-16 days.

Pests
Aphids and spider mites. Both can be washed off with a hard jet of water.

Timing
Direct sow starting in mid-May. Warm-weather crop. Best soil temperature is at least 21°C (70°F). Can have an earlier first harvest if you start seeds indoors. Beans do not love to be transplanted, so handle with care. In our experience, plants started from seeds caught up to the transplants very quickly and the end result was not that different.

Growing
Apart from daily watering, your only care consists of spraying leaves with kelp fertilizer periodically to boost nutrient uptake.

Days to maturity
60

Season
Warm, annual