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Bean, Purple Podded Pole

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Striking purple pods grow in abundance on 6' tall pole habit vines.

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Discovered in an Ozarks vegetable garden in the 1930s, the striking deep purple pods grow in abundance on 6' tall pole habit vines over a long season. Tender and round, the 5-7" stringless pods turn green when cooked. A delectable bean for eating fresh and for canning. 68 days.
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Days To Maturity

68 days

Fruit Size

7 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

15-20 inches

Height

6 feet

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring, Summer

Sow Time

After Last Frost

Thin

6 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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  • How to Sow

    • Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
    • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
    • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
    • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
    • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
    • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
    • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

    How to Grow

    • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
    • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

    Harvest and Preserving Tips

    • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
    • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
    • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
  • Days To Maturity
    68 days
    Fruit Size
    7 inches
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    15-20 inches
    Height
    6 feet
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    Thin
    6 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual