Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Seeds for the Backyard Gardener
  • Bean - Rattlesnake


    Rattlesnake Bean

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    An attractive heirloom bean of green with purple streaks. When picked young, the pods can be harvested as a string-less and tender snap beans. Alternatively, leave pods to mature and use as a shelled dried bean in soups and stews. A fast growing and productive climbing bean, it enjoys hot and humid areas.

    Sow 2-5cm deep; Plant spacing at 10-20cm; Germination period between 8- 10 days; Soil temperatures between 16˚C and 30˚C; Harvest time approx. 9 to 11 weeks.

    Beans are best sown direct and do not like to be transplanted. Sow after all danger of frost has passed, and beware germination rates are slowed if temperatures are low. Construct a support of trellis, teepee or pole before sowing to avoid root damage, supports must be between 1.5 to 3 metres in height.  Beans enjoy full sun and even moisture. For successive cropping, sow more seeds when beans start to flower. Regular harvesting will increase yield.

    Seed quantity - 35