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Calypso Bean (Organic)

$0.99 USD

Seed Count: Approx. 15 Seeds

Days to Maturity: 90

Bush variety, Dry Bean

Description:  This cute Killer Whale bean originally came from the Caribbean. It was named after a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago, during the early to mid-19th century.  Naturally due to my Caribbean ancestry, I couldn't resist this cute dry bean. This bean is a killer for baking and soups (corny I know).  The individual beans are round, with a mix of black and white, and have a contrasting eye.  Its color is retained even after being cooked.  They grow heavily on strong 15" plants.  You can expect an average of 4-5 seeds per pod, and it adapts well to all types of production areas.  Calypso beans are also known as the Orca or Yin Yang bean.

How To Grow

Sowing:  Sow in average soil, in a sunny location, after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils. Sow seeds 3 inches apart, in rows 24 inches apart, and cover with 1-2 inches of soil.  For a continuous crop sow new seeds every two weeks.  Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions. Thin to 6 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2" high.  Beans do great companion planted with beets, marigolds, carrots, celery, swiss chard, corn, cucumbers, peas, potatoes, strawberry, radish and cabbage.

Growing:  In dry weather, keep soil well watered. Plants need about 2-3 inches of water per week during the growing season. Make sure foliage has time to dry in order to reduce disease.  These beans grow in a bush habit and don't really need support, but I do sometimes provide support once they get filled with beans if I notice them falling over.

Harvesting:  To harvest or to save seeds, allow for the pods to completely dry.  If frost or rainy weather conditions threaten, pull the plants, and dry in a cool, dry place indoors.  Beans 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.