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Purple Podded Pole Bean

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  • Purple podded pole beans, also known as Purple Peacock Beans, are a type of climbing bean plant that produces vibrant, purple-colored pods. The plant is a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris, which is the same species as common green beans.


    The pods of purple podded pole beans are edible and have a mild, sweet flavor. They can be harvested and cooked while still young and tender, or left on the plant to mature and dry for use as dry beans.


    Purple podded pole beans are easy to grow and care for. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. They are called "pole beans" because they require support to grow upwards, such as a trellis or poles. They can also be grown on a fence or other support structure.


    Days to Maturity: 70 Days

    Seeds per pack: 15

    • Location and Soil: Choose a location that receives full sun, and has well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Purple podded pole beans are climbers, so choose a location with a trellis, poles, or other structure to support the vines.

    • Planting: Plant seeds directly in the soil after the danger of frost has passed, usually in late spring. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, and 2-3 inches apart, in rows that are spaced 2-3 feet apart. Water the seeds well after planting.

    • Support: As the plants grow, train the vines to climb the trellis or poles. Make sure the structure is sturdy and can support the weight of the plants.

    • Watering: Purple podded pole beans require consistent moisture, so water regularly, especially during dry periods. Water at the base of the plant, being careful not to wet the foliage, which can cause disease.

    • Fertilization: Fertilize the plants once or twice during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer, following the package instructions.

    • Harvesting: Harvest the pods when they are young and tender, usually about 2-3 weeks after flowering. Pick the pods regularly to encourage continued production. If you want to save the seeds for future planting, let some of the pods mature on the plant until they turn brown and dry.

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