Bean – 1500 year Old Cave Bean
The 1500 year old cave bean is said to have originated in the southwest or western United States. It is said that they were found in a clay pot sealed in a cave in New Mexico, hence the name “cave”. The seeds are mottled white and red and the climbing plants can reach 2.5-3 meters. They can be harvested young and eaten fresh or harvested when fully ripe and dried for the winter.
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Conditions of germination:
- depth of sowing: 2.5 cm
- optimal temperatures of germination: 18 to 29ºC
- time for germination: 5 to 12 days
When to sow:
- direct sowing after any risk of frost when the soil is warmed up until early summer
Sowing technique: in line
- draw a line in the soil (in pot or in the ground), then sow the seeds
Distance in the garden:
- between plants: 10-15 cm
- between rows: 60 cm
Height of the plants: 2.5-3 meters
Soil: rich and well drained
Exposure: full sun
Days to harvest (from sowing): 65-70 days for fresh beans and up to 80-90 days for dry beans
Who are we?
We are based in Montreal and are in partnership with the market gardener Birri of the Jean-Talon market, who has been selling seeds to farmers and individuals for almost 50 years.
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