Purple Pod Garden Bean: How To Grow Royalty Purple Pod Bush Beans

Purple Pod Garden Bean: How To Grow Royalty Purple Pod Bush Beans

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Plantinga vegetable garden that is both beautiful and productive is of equalimportance. With the rise in popularity of many unique open pollinated plants,gardeners are now interested in color and visual appeal more than ever.Available bushbean varieties are not an exception to this. Royalty purple pod bush beans,for example, produce a profusion of bright purple pods and leaves.

What are Purple Pod Garden Beans?

As the name would imply, purple pod garden beans areproduced on compact bush plants. Reaching lengths of about 5 inches (13 cm.), Royaltypurple pod bush beans yield deeply colored pods. Though the pods do not retaintheir color after cooking, their beauty in the garden make them well worthplanting.

Growing Royalty Purple Pod Beans

Growing Royalty purple pod beans is very similar to growingother bush bean varieties. Growers will first need to select a weed free andwell worked garden bed that receives full sun.

Since beans are legumes,first time growers may consider adding an inoculant to the planting process. Inoculantswhich are specifically for beans will help the plants better make use ofnitrogen and other nutrients. When using inoculants in the garden, always makecertain to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

When plantingbeans, it is best that the large seeds are directly sown into the vegetablebed. Plant seeds according to the package instructions. After planting theseeds roughly 1 inch (2.5 cm.) deep, water the row thoroughly. For the bestresults, soil temperatures should be at least 70 F. (21 C.). Bean seedlingsshould emerge from the soil within one week of planting.

Beyond regular irrigation, bush bean care is minimal. Whenwatering the bean plants, make certain to avoid overhead watering, as this canincrease the likelihood of decline in bean plant health due to disease. Unlikesome types of bean, Royalty purple pod beans do not require any trellising orstaking in order to produce a quality crop.

Royalty purple pod beans canbe harvested as soon as the pods reach the desired size. Ideally, the podsshould be picked before the seeds within become too large. Over mature greenbeans may be tough and fibrous. Selecting beans that are young and tender willensure the best harvest possible.

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Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties

By Chris McLaughlin
  • Royal Burgundy's stringless pods are a stunning deep purple until they're cooked (then they turn green). Photo by B.D.'s World under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.
  • Bush beans require no extra support and are ready for harvesting all at once -- perfect for canning or freezing. Photo by David Sessoms under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence 2.0.

We have some extremely dedicated green-bean-eaters here at my house. Green (or snap) beans are our go-to vegetable for sure and we can’t grow enough of them. Whether they’re pole or bush beans, we plant as many varieties in our vegetable garden as possible. Many of you have heard me singing the praises of pole beans throughout the years. I have always felt that pole bean varieties have the most flavor in my opinion. Couple that with the fact that they produce randomely all season long and I was hooked for years.

That said, I feel that I’ve done an injustice to bush beans by not giving them credit where credit is due. After further experimentation, I have decided that my judgement has been too severe about the short beans. As much as I adore the long season bounty of poles, over the years we have tried various bush bean varieties in the potager.

And we liked them. Bush beans require no extra support and are ready for harvesting all at once — perfect for canning or freezing. We’ve also discovered that bush beans can have fabulous flavor (some that can even rival their pole counterparts). It’s all been rather impressive and I’d like to take some time today to share with you some of our favorite bush bean varieties.

The original Roma is a delicious Italian classic pole bean. Roma II, is the bush version of the same plant. Perfect for canning, they are stringless snap beans with tender, meaty, smooth, and flat pods. The plant is prolific and resistant to both mosaic and mildew mosaic. 55 days to harvest.

If you only get one bush bean variety, make it Maxibel. This is a full-size (7″ pods), French filet bean that has straight, dark green pods. A very gourmet type bean, nothing beats Maxibel’s flavor. 60 days to harvest.

Royal Burgundy

Plant Royal Burgundy in the garden if you want to give people something to talk about. These 5″, stringless pods are a stunning deep purple until they’re cooked (then they turn green). Royal burgundy adapts to most garden environments including cool areas. It’s also virus resistant.

Dragon Tongue is a stringless, Dutch wax heirloom. Pods are creamy-yellow adorned with purple streaks. They’re not just another pretty face, however. Dragon Tongue has superb flavor making it popular with chefs and prolific, too. 55 days to harvest.

One of my very favorite green beans, Nickel is a French baby gourmet filet bean. The pods are 4″ inches long, stringless, and delicious. It’s also resistant to white mold and brown spot. 52 days to harvest.

A super productive and flavorful bean that produces 5″ – 7″ slender, dark green pods. This particular bush bean variety tends to produce more than other bush varieties. 56 days to harvest.

Anyone who has grown the French filet, Cupidon, will claim that this is their favorite snap bean. Its a truly prolific plant with 6″-8″ stringless pods are loaded with flavor and impossibly tender. Don’t miss out on this one. 55 days to harvest.

Bush Kentucky Wonder (Old Homestead)

Kentucky Wonder (or Old Homestead) is widely grown by home gardeners everywhere and for good reason. It’s a big producer of 8″ inch long, string less and tender pods. Their flavor is excellent eaten fresh or canned. 55 days to harvest.

This is another reliable home garden variety that produces tender yet crisp, delicious pods. Another heavy yielding variety, Tendercrop is especially suited for northern regions. 55 days to harvest.

Contender produces 6″-8″ inch, rouns, stringless pods that offer fresh green bean flavor. It’s productive and produces early. Also heat and mildew tolerant. 45 days to harvest.

Bush Bean Seeds

The Greencrop is a bush type snap bean with an excellent flavor. Superior performance in any location. Greencrop is a snap bean that has delicious pods and beans. Bush snap beans are popular because they mature earlier and do not require trellising. An All-America Selections Winner meaning it has superior taste and growth habits.

The Jackson Wonder is the perfect bean for the care-free garden. This bean has a wonderful taste straight from the garden. The Jackson Wonder bean tolerates both heat and drought very well. Perfect bean for gardeners with very little time.

The great northern bean is an heirloom bean variety that is perfect for drying and using in different baked dishes. Semi-vining, 24 inch plants yield a prolific quantity of flat, 5 inch pods holding 5 to 6, large white beans.

The Navy bean is one of the best cooking beans around. Great flavor and taste. A small, delicious, white bean that can be used in soup or for baking. Will not "mush up" when cooked. Great bean for cooking and offers great flavor.

The Topcrop bean is a great bean for canning and freezing. Topcrop got its name for a reason. This bean plant grows a heavy, concentrated set of beans. One of the best known beans around. Harvest on the early side of maturity to get small and tender beans. Delicious eaten fresh off the vine!

Midori Giant is a traditional edamame variety that is eaten in oriental food. Midori Giant is an early maturing soybean with very large pods. Consistent heavy producer with over 90% two and three-seeded pods. Adaptable to all regions of the USA.

The Provider bean is a stringless, fast maturing bush bean. Provider beans can be planted earlier than other beans because it germinates well in cool soils. Provider has compact bean plants that are easy to establish and adapt well to diverse soil and climate conditions. Harvest early for best stringless beans.

The Burpee Improved Bush Lime bean plants produce large pods, high yields, and perfectly shaped beans. Burpee Improved beans are both larger and thicker than normal lima beans. The growth is even more vigorous, with heavier foliage. The plants are uniformly upright.

The Slenderette bean is an improved Blue Lake bean. So, so good! The Slenderette bean is slow to become fibrous, giving it a quality that in unmatched by any other bean. Stringless. We found it to be very prolific in our test garden. Fast maturing and small seeds when picked for fresh eating. Very straight pods that look great for market selling. Excellent bean, high yields and straight pods.

The Dixie Speckled Butterpea is a very productive and tasty lima bean. Smaller beans are about the size of peas. Speckled of red on a deep purple body. Great for Southern states with hot weather. Delicious when picked young. Great for hot climates. Smaller lima bean.

The Blue Lake 274 Bush beans is an heirloom bush bean plant with high yields and dark green color! Stringless bean variety known for heavy yields of top quality beans. Blue Lake 274 beans have a a crisp and crunchy texture. Seeds develop slowly and pods are virtually stringless and fiber-free. This is the one of the most popular and trusted beans for home gardens. Blue Lakes are best harvested young when beans are still small and tender. A prolific producer over a long season of beans that can be eaten fresh or frozen. Delicious eating right off the vine! No support needed. Seed sales in 1 oz., 1/4 lb., 1 lb., 5 lbs., 25 lbs. and 100 lb. packages.

The Colorful Garden Blend is a beautiful and delicious mix of green, purple and yellow garden beans. A fun way to grow a beautiful mixture of garden beans. This gourmet blend is excellent for fresh eating and canning. All bush varieties that are high yielding and mature around the same time! Even mix of Slenderette, Royal Burgundy Purple and Cherokee Wax.

How To Grow Purple Green Beans – Add This Unique, Tasty Crop To Your Garden!

Make this the year you grow purple green beans in your garden to jazz up your garden and taste buds with a little flair.

Purple green beans are definitely a conversation piece in the garden! Maturing in just a little over 50 days, plants quickly produce a delicious bush bean with a deep purple color.

Purple green beans add a touch of color to the garden from traditional green or even yellow beans.

The plants really are a beauty to behold. The bright green foliage of the bean plant contrasts well with the purple pods.

But beyond their intense beauty, these stringless beans are also tender, tasty, and filled with nutrients.

The Little Secret of Growing Purple Green Beans…

Perhaps most interesting of all though is that you may have already consumed these delicious “purple” beans without knowing it. That is because even though they grow as purple beans, they turn green when cooked!

The purple bean variety we are talking about in today’s article is known as Royal Burgundy.

The bright green foliage and deep purple color of the beans is a beautiful addition to any garden.

There are actually several other varieties and styles of purple beans that can be grown, including even purple pole beans. But the Burgundy bush variety is certainly is one of the easiest to grow of all.

It is a non-GMO, heirloom variety with compact growth and big yields. And even better, it is naturally resistant to the bean beetle. Product Link : Royal Burgundy Purple Bean Seed

How To Plant And Grow Purple Green Beans

Purple green beans grow in exactly the same fashion as traditional bush green beans. Seeds can be directly seeded in the soil as soon the threat of frost has passed.

A young royal burgundy bean plant sprouts to life in the garden.

The prefer the soil to be warmed a bit for good germination. For best results, allow the temperature of the soil to reach at least 65 to 70 degrees.

Royal burgundy bush beans are a determinate vegetable, so they will flower and produce their entire crop over one set time frame. Usually over a few week period.

Because of this, many gardeners prefer to stagger plantings a few rows and a few weeks at a time to keep fresh beans coming on.

Preparing The Soil For Planting

Bush beans require very little to grow well. In fact, they grow perfectly fine in most soil types, and actually improve the soil condition and nutrient levels for the next crop.

Simply prepare planting beds by adding in a bit of compost to the planting rows prior to seeding. Next, sow bean seeds one inch deep, and 4 to 5″ apart. Leave at least 18″ between rows to allow space for harvest.

Plant bean seeds at a depth of 1 inch. Seed will germinate quickly and be ready for harvest in as little as 50 days.

After the beans sprout, adding a bit of straw or shredded leaf mulch will help to keep competing weeds at bay. There is no need to fertilize the crop after it has been planted.

Harvesting Purple Beans

Royal Burgundy bush beans will be ready for harvesting around 50 to 60 days after planting. Harvest tender young beans as soon as they have filled out and reach 3 to 4 inches in length for best flavor.

Bean plants actually improve the soil for the next crop to be grown.

Royal Burgundy beans are a determinate variety of beans. Once plants have been harvested over a two week to three week period, they will be not produce additional blooms or beans.

Simply pull and add to your compost pile – and plant another crop to enjoy in the fall! See : How To Create A Great Compost Pile

Here is to adding a little color to your vegetable garden this year by growing purple green beans!

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Garden Beans Harvesting Tips:

A good indication of when to harvest is to reference the days to maturity for the specific variety. Pick green beans when pods are young and tender, just before the seeds begin to swell. Beans will “snap” when you bend and break them. If they are immature, they won’t snap!

Fresh unwashed green beans should remain fresh for up to a week when stored in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Versatile in culinary preparation, garden beans can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, stir-fried, grilled, or baked. For the best eating experience, cooked green beans should still have a crisp texture and an appetizing bright green color.

Green beans pair well with a variety of herbs, spices, and flavors. Parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme, a splash of lemon juice, or a pat of butter are very popular additions to bean dishes. You can’t go wrong with the simple addition of garlic and onions. There are some who swear green beans cry out for bacon bits or a dollop of bacon grease added to the cooking pot.

Green beans are bred for eating fresh or processing/preserving. Some varieties are well suited for both. Processing green beans are better able to retain their beautiful color and texture for canning, pickling, and freezing. If you look forward to gifting out jars of pickled green beans, a processing green bean will yield you the best results.

Watch the video: First Time Harvesting Royal Burgundy Bush Beans