Phaseolus vulgaris (58 days) We are pleased to take part in the commercial release of this excellent deep green bush bean from bird lover and EarthWork Seeds plant breeder Dr. John Hart, who named the bean “to inspire awareness of the complex interactions between agriculture and wildlife.” In our fierce parched summer 2020 trials, this 5½"-long green bean captured our taste buds with its crisp texture, sweet flavor and unique floral notes. Having aced our follow-up trial in wildly fluctuant 2021 conditions, Red Tail’s high yield and quality despite stress should make it as broadly adapted as its namesake raptor. White seed. High resistance to CBMV and CTV. Intermediate resistance to R. Breeder Royalties. 2022 Fedco introduction.②
241 Red Tail - Organic
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About 120 seeds/2 oz packet. 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft.
Seed sizes vary. Pick frequently for maximum and steady yields, but avoid harvesting or disturbing foliage in wet conditions to prevent spread of fungal diseases. Successive plantings can be made every 2 or 3 weeks until midsummer.
All beans are open-pollinated.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Inoculate with a legume inoculant, then plant seeds 3–4" apart in rows 24–30" apart after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°; optimal range 70–80°. White-seeded beans are generally more sensitive to cold soil temps than dark-seeded varieties. Legumes have moderate fertility needs and can fix their own nitrogen. Excessive nitrogen may induce some bush varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather.
Saving Seed: Saving bean seed is easy! Leave pods on the plants to dry. Hand shell, or stomp pods on a tarp. To ensure true-to-type seed, separate varieties by 30 feet.
BBS: Bacterial Brown Spot
CBMV: Common Bean Mosaic Virus
CTV: Curly Top Virus
DM: Downy Mildew
HB: Halo Blight
NY 15: NY 15 Mosaic Virus
PM: Powdery Mildew
PMV: Pod Mottle Virus
White mold, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, affects more than 300 plant species. In beans, low humidity, good air circulation and wider spacing, both between plants and between rows, reduce the likelihood of this soil-borne infection.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.