Bean - Orca

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BD23107A (25.0 g 40-45 seeds)

Approximately 3 - 5 seeds per gram.
Phaseolus vulgaris
80 – 100 days for dry beans. Open Pollinated. Bush type plant produces good yields of beans. Excellent choice for home gardens. The Orca bean is also known as "Calypso Bean" or the “Yin Yang” bean.  An heirloom bean from Mexico which are a natural type of kidney bean hybrid.  It is a distinctive coloured bean with its striking contrast of black and white. Beans grow on a sturdy bush type plant that averages 38-45cm (15-18”) tall with a spread that is 40-51cm (16-20”) wide.  Usually there are 4-5 beans per pod.  Orca beans double in size when cooked and have a smooth texture:  1 cup of dried beans = 2 cups of cooked beans. Excellent for soups and cooked beans.


Growing Instructions:


Beans Direct sow seeds after the last frost, when soil temperatures have reached at least 16°C (60°F). Select a location that receives full sun. Sow seeds 2.5-5cm (1-2”) deep, spaced 8-15cm (3-6”) apart in rows spaced 45-75cm (18-30”) apart. Keep soil evenly moist to promote germination. Seeds should sprout in 7-10 days. Thin seedlings to 15-20cm (6-8”) apart when they are 5-10cm (2-4”) tall. Bush beans prefer well-drained soil that is fertile and has a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting and again after the first flowers appear. Bush beans can be harvested as snap beans when the pods are still tender and young. Harvest regularly to encourage more production. Bush beans typically reach maturity in 50-60 days.

Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is fertile. Soil pH: 6.0-7.5 Planting Depth: Sow seeds 2.5-5cm (1-2”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: 30-60cm (12-24”) tall. Days to Maturity: 50-60 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 15-20cm (6-8”) apart.