Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Fatman Beans | Fatman Pole Beans

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Bean - Fatman Bean Pole Bean seeds, Kentucky blue speckled beans ...

My husband was wanting to try Fatman beans and Sow True Seed has been the only place I can find them.

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HEIRLOOM -A large cornfield-type pole bean with large, round, white seeds. Fatman is a very heavy producer of tender and flavorful 5” pods on 6-7’ vines. There is a lot of documentation of this bean being grown for 100+ years in both Virginia and West Virginia where it remains popular to this day. The information is conflicting about which state it first originated in though. Extremely productive and is delicious as a snap bean, dried as a soup bean, and strung up for leather britches too. Very rare.

Packet weight 14 g (0.49 oz)
Approx. seeds/ packet: 35
Cost: $2.95 per pack (6/2020)
Planting Season: After Last Frost
Ideal Soil Temp:  60-80°F
Full Sun
Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method: Direct Seed
Seed Depth: 1"
Direct Seed Spacing: 2-3"
Days to sprout: 2-3"
Mature Spacing: 2-3"
Days to harvest: 75
Production Cycle: Annual
Seed Viability: 3-6 years

I purchased 4 packs of seed and shipping was under $4.00, very reasonable.

Beans are frost sensitive annuals that prefer full sun and rich, well-drained soil. To lessen the chances of disease and pests, alternate the location of bean plantings with a different crop each year.

Beans should be direct seeded since they do not transplant well. Plant beans outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures are above 50˚ F. Sow seeds 1" deep and 2-4” apart. Seeds will sprout in 8-16 days. Pole bean and half runner beans will need trellising, while bush beans should support themselves.

For a longer harvest, plant successions of bush beans every 3 weeks until mid-summer.

Harvest bush beans in approximately 50-60 days; drying beans in 80-100 days; half runners in 75 days; pole beans in 60-80 days.

Bean flowers are perfect, self-pollinating and quite beautiful. They also almost never cross-pollinate, making beans an easy and satisfying seed to save. When planning to save bean seed, maintain at least 20 feet between varieties, and be careful planting two white seeded varieties side-by-side, if you intend to save seed, because crossing may occur but not be visible. It is always best to save seed from plants that are free from disease; this will ensure healthy genetics. Allow seedpods to dry on the plant and harvest when the seeds rattle inside. If you have a very wet fall, you can pull up the entire plant roots and all, and allow the beans to finish ripening and drying on the vine hanging somewhere dry and with good circulation. To get the best germination and longest shelf life of your seeds, you'll want to separate the seed from the dry pods. This prevents disease from setting in, and eliminates places for bugs to hide. The best way to do this is by winnowing your beans. You can do this by hand, but it will take a long time if you have many beans to clean. To clean a lot of seed, crush your very dry beans in a cloth or burlap sack and winnow the seeds from the chaff. This is best done outside, and by pouring your crushed beans from one bucket into another in front of a box fan or on a very windy day. The heavy beans will fall into the second bucket, while the dry chaff will blow away. Repeat the process until completely clean, which will likely take 3 or 4 rounds of winnowing.

* Information from sowtrueseed

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