black valentine beans

800 – Black Valentine


Certified Biodynamic and Organic

Dual purpose bean–wonderful as a green bean, and also a great soup bean. 6″-6.5″ dark green pods. Heirloom from pre-1850. Hardy, vigorous and good for both early plantings and main season crops. Does well under adverse conditions. In our garden it outgrew weeds after the initial weeding.

≈80 seeds/oz.

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Product Description

Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Pea

Type: Hardy Annual

Native Range: Lower 48 States, Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Hardiness Zones: 5 and 13; beans are not hardy and will die with light frost, however, Black Valentine has shown itself to by slightly hardier than other varieties;

Soil Requirements: warm and well-drained; slightly acidic pH [6.5 – 6.8];

Light Preference: Full sun

Water: Moderate

Days until Germination: 7-10 days

Sowing: Soak beans 1-6 hours before planting. Sow 2″-3″ deep once soil is warm and last frost is past—roughly two weeks.  Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for a continual harvest throughout the season. If you plan to dry your beans, plant 2″ deep, and remove pods once they are dry and the plant’s leaves are wilted.

Plant Spacing: 3″-5″ with 18″-24″ between rows

Plant Height: 1′-2′

Harvest: 48-55 days; can pick when young, or wait for them to reach full-size; pod should be brightly colored and fleshy; to avoid breaking plant’s stem, use two hands when picking off snap beans;

Grows Well With: Carrots, cauliflower, beets, cucumbers, cabbage, leeks, celeriac, marigolds, strawberries, corn, summer savory

Grows Poorly With: Garlic, shallots, chives, gladiolus, fennel

Potential Problems: Cutworms; slugs; snails; Japanese beetles; rot; lack of support for stalk;

Uses & Cooking Suggestions: When picked young, Black Valentine Bush Beans can be eaten and cooked similarly to green beans, e.g. steamed, stir-fried, raw. If the plant is allowed to dry, the dark beans within the pods are ideal for soups. 



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S =1 oz, L =4 oz


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