Red Yard Long Bean
Seed Count: Approx. 20 Seeds
Days to Maturity: 60-80 days
Pole variety, Snap/Dry Bean
Description: This heirloom bean makes an unusual addition to the garden. They have a deep maroon color with extremely long length. Despite this, they are still very tender with unique taste. Red yard long beans are well suited for salads and stir frys, and turn a beautiful purple-red color once cooked. Enjoy adding this fun bean to your garden, and watch it grow longer than any other bean in your collection.
Mint2Grow Tip: I have noticed that aphids love this particular bean, and will choose it over any other variety I am growing next to it, so be vigilant to control the pests, or you will lose your precious crop to them. I control them with a peppermint castile soapy water mix. (I use 1tbsp. castile soap to 1 qt. of water)
How To Grow
Sowing: Yard long beans thrive in heat and humidity. They should be direct sown when the weather is fairly warm, and the soil temp. reaches at least 75 degrees F. Make sure the soil is rich and deeply worked; these beans like full sun. Plant the seeds 1" deep and 3" apart, later thinning to 6-8" apart. Keep the ground moist until germination, which should occur within 7-10 days.
Growing: Yard long beans need to be trained on a trellis of at least 7' to support its vigorous vining habits. Yard long beans prefer high temps, so if cold weather threatens, protection may be needed. Since dry weather stunts the growth of the pods, water the plants when the soil completely dries out, but do not keep them swamped with water. Watch out for aphids and mites, which can be a big problem with this bean. Plant with marigolds, corn, potatoes, and eggplants. However, avoid growing near all members of the allium family, and sunflowers.
Harvesting: For best taste and tenderness, pick these beans for fresh eating at a length of 15-20", and check the vines often. Fully mature beans can be dried and used as soup beans. Fresh beans are best used immediately, but will keep in the fridge for several days. Can also be harvested and used as a dry bean. To save seeds, allow the pods to mature fully and dry on the vine. If frost or rainy weather threatens before your beans are dry, pull the plants and allow them to dry indoors. They should be completely dry 10-15 days later. Remove the seeds from the pods by hand, and store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 3 years.