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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 The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

7 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

15-20 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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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
72 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Bean, Purple Podded Pole is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! First time I planted purple pole beans and they are so pretty. The purple flowers add color to the garden and the plant yields great tasting beans. Even more fun to watch purple beans turn green when I cook them. Delicious! I learned to pick before the pod gets too big because there will be a "string" along the pod and I had to tear off. Tender beans! And it since they are climbers it doesn't hurt my back picking them unlike bush beans, I have to bend over to pick.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love growing these beans I grew these pole beans in 2014 and 2015. I was amazed at the yield. They didn't stop producing until the frost. The plants will grow quite high. They exceeded the top of my 6 foot trellis.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beans! I really enjoyed watching this pole bean. The bright green leaves with purple stems and light purple blossoms. It was so easy to see the beans. I would pick the beans when they were young and saute' them with other vegetables from the garden. When I would tell others they turn green when cooked they looked at me with surprise. I planted one 6 foot row and WOW plenty of beans for family, friends and myself. I will plant them again. They were so much fun and delicious.
Date published: 2014-09-17
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