Bean Shell, Bush Dragon's Tongue Wax
HEIRLOOM. An old, dual purpose French variety (Dragon Langerie).
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 Maturity60-100 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight12-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean Shell, Bush Dragon's Tongue Wax is rated out of 5 by 3.Rated 5 out of 5 by margaret from Best Beans Ever!!! These are some of the best beans that I have ever grown. They are very easy to grow. We had very little rain this summer and these beans produced like none I have ever seen. They are beautiful to look at. Wonderful tasting to eat and they can very well. I cannot believe that more people have not tried them. We grew these and blue lake beans as the blue lake were our favorite. These heirloom beans out produced the blue lake by a mile and only stopped producing because I got tired of picking beans. These are a wonderful tasty treat for anyone who likes beans. Give them a tryDate published: 2012-10-14Rated 5 out of 5 by Esteban from Favorite Bush Bean This bean is promoted for its looks, but its quality as an eating bean must be emphasized instead. We have a spring-early summer gardening season and a late summer-late fall gardening season here. Last year mid-summer temps exceeded 100 degress for months! Dragons Tongue was promoted for the fall season. They grew well, look as advertised, and what I want to emphasize is their flavor: excellent! ...and their most remarkable quality: their excellent consistency...unlike many beans these are tender and REMAIN CRISP after cooking...this is the only busy bean I would grow now...just wish they were available as a pole bean. I will try crossing some with my pole beans and see if that can be bred in. I am trying them during the spring gardening season to see if they do as well as they did last fall. I read the other review bemoaning the appearance of the beans when canned...in truth few colored pod beans hold their color when cooked...but few taste as good as Dragons Tongue and none I know of stay tender AND CRISP when properly cooked!Date published: 2012-04-01Rated 4 out of 5 by Kakie from Garden to Canning I was so smitten with the delightful colors of these beans on the packet, I simply had to buy them. The fact that it was a Burpee product and an heirloom to boot were just extra pluses. They grew beautifully on their bamboo tripods we made for them and the beans were gorgeous and loaded on the vines. My heartache occurred tonight when I canned my first 7 quarts - all of those gorgeous colors gone! Left in my jars were tannish/yellowish pods with no sign of the wonderful purple streaks, which were shining brightly thru the jars before going into the pressure cooker. I was hoping to blow away our fair officials - maybe I can still salvage 15 beautiful raw pods to show in that category, so the world can still see their true beauty.Date published: 2009-08-04