Calypso Bush Bean (Organic)
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. However, avoid growing near all members of the allium family, and sunflowers.
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.