Bean, Inca Pea (Phaseolus vulgaris), packet of 10 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family:  Legume (Fabaceae)

Annual.  70 days to maturity

(yin/yang bean)  Pole bean, a South American heirloom that grows very well in temperate gardens. A vigorous climber that gets off to a fast start and finishes very early.  Vines are somewhat sparsely leaved yet very prolifically fruited–a few beans planted in rich soil under a good trellis in full sun will produce a surprisingly large amount of beanage!  Pods straight, pointed, flattened, edible as a green bean (not stringy), maturing to a lovely ivory color, usually containing 3 to 5 seeds each.  Seeds are egg shaped, mottled maroon and white in a beany yin/yang pattern), very easy to dehusk to produce the clean dry bean, which cooks up fast.  Mild flavored, these are good in soups and as refrieds.

10 Seeds per Packet, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Beth Wallace

    If I plant several types of pole beans in my garden, will the seed of each type be true to the parent, or will they cross pollinate and not produce true seed on the 2nd and 3rd generations?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Beth,
      Regular beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) including the pole beans are self-pollinating and will stay true in most circumstances. The runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) are known for jumping genes. I have received beans of mixed ancestry in the past and it is a hassle, and not a tangle of twine easily straightened out. Go with the old strains that we sell–inca pea beans is a good one–and separate the plantings by a good 10 feet–it works really well to plant them on upright circles of fencing–and you can save the seeds and they will come true. richo

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