A favorite for children's gardens
- Aka "Orca" or "Yin-yang"
- White beans half-coated in black
- Mild flavor
- Potato-like texture
MORE ABOUT CALYPSO SHELLING BEAN:
(Phaseolus vulgaris) Round, white beans half-coated in black with occasional spots and speckles. With nicknames like "Orca" and "Yin-yang", these unique beans have become a favorite of kids and adults alike. Plants are healthy, productive and adaptable to a wide range of environments. Beans have a mild flavor and potato-like texture. Bush habit. 90 days to harvest. 50 seeds/pkt.
CULTURE: Beans perform best in well-drained soil of normal fertility. Beans do not require supplemental nitrogen as they are able to fix their own, however a fall application of well-aged manure or compost will help to boost yields in poor soils. Avoid planting beans in low-lying or poor-draining areas as this can predispose seedlings to fungal diseases and damping off.
SOWING: After the danger of frost has passed and daytime soil temps average at least 60 degrees, sow seeds 4-6” apart in rows 24-36” apart. Avoid planting when cool, wet weather is forecast as this can increase the occurrence of fungal diseases and damping off.
TRANSPLANTING: Not recommended for beans.
SUPPORT: Bush varieties do not usually require support. For pole beans, a variety of support options are available. Simple tee-pees can be erected from inexpensive bamboo poles. Alternatively, wire or nylon clothesline can be strung across several posts to support an entire row. Our preferred method is to bend 16’ cattle panels into an arch, planting 4-5 seeds at the base on each side. This makes harvesting easier as the gatherer can stand beneath the arch and grab handfuls of beans hanging below.
INSECT PESTS: Mexican Bean Beetles and Japanese Beetles can be controlled using a simple homemade insecticidal soap solution. Pheromone-based Japanese Beetle traps can also be effective at minimizing damage to plants. Finally, selection of tolerant cultivars is important in areas with known insect issues.
DISEASES AND PROBLEMS: Consult your local extension office to determine which diseases are most common in your area. Site selection is key in keeping bean diseases at bay. Select well-draining sites that do not have a history of disease. Giving plants ample space will allow leaves to dry more quickly and slow the spread of disease. Remove plant debris in the fall and turn over soil to minimize disease carryover. Avoid planting beans in the same location for at least two years. During hot and dry periods, beans may stop flowering or may drop flowers. Pod production will resume once moisture has returned.
HARVEST AND STORAGE: Avoid harvesting beans in the morning before the leaves have dried or after a rain as this can spread disease. For dry beans, individual pods may be harvested as soon as they have begun to yellow. Alternatively, entire plants may be pulled once a majority of pods have yellowed. Allow pods to dry for about four days before shelling. Once shelled, allow to cure for another week. Place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place. Beans can be stored for several years under these conditions. If vacuum-sealed with a desiccant bag in the container, they will keep for up to 30 years.
SAVING SEEDS: Select disease-free plants that are true-to-type. Beans are inbreeding plants and therefore measures to control cross-pollination are usually not necessary. Pods are ready to pick as soon as they have begun to yellow. When a majority of pods have begun to yellow, pull entire plant and turn upside down to dry. After about four days, pods may be picked and shelled. Allow to fully dry for another week, then store in an airtight container at room temperature. If insects are a concern, dust seeds with diatomaceous earth before storing.
I planted these indoors in a small seedling tray, twelve units. All twelve plants came up amazingly fast. The germination rate was staggering compared to our sorghum and calendula. I have to verify when I started them--maybe start of June. But all plants already have flowers and half have pods. I am thrilled with these beans.
I just checked--they were delivered May 30th and I planted them within a day or two of receiving them. So they should be ready at the end of August.
Thank you for being an excellent seed supplier!!!
We replanted twice. We finally got 6 seeds to grow.
Seeds germinated and are growing well.
I planted all of them and only two of them haven’t sprouted yet. I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform once they mature. These beans aren’t easy to find in stores, so I am excited about being able to grow them.