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Beans 'Dragon's Tongue' Heirloom - Bush (15 seeds)
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Beans 'Dragon's Tongue' Heirloom - Bush (15 seeds)

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Beans 'Dragon's Tongue'  is an heirloom bush bean variety with origins in the Netherlands. Other names for dragon tongue are ‘Dragon Langerie’ and “Merveille de Piemonte.” The pods of dragon tongue have no strings and are yellow with dramatic purple stripes. They grow five to eight inches (13-20 cm.) long and are flattened. The bush plants grow 24 to 30 inches (61-76 cm.) tall.

What makes beans Dragon Tongue special is its unique appearance, delicate flavor, and buttery texture. The pods are striped with purple and can be eaten whole or left to mature and be shelled to harvest the dry beans. 

Approximately 15 seeds per packet.

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaseolus vulgaris

CULTURE: Choose well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.5–6.8. After last frost date sow seeds about 2" apart, 1" deep, in rows 20–36" apart. Optimum soil temperature for germination is 70–90°F (21–32°C). Plant when daytime soil temperatures average at least 60°F (16°C), or risk poor germination. For a continuous supply, make successive sowings every 2-3 weeks through midsummer.

DISEASES: Dig under or remove and compost bean straw in the fall to hasten destruction of most disease organisms. For Sclerotinia spp. (white mold) control, plant at wider row spacing to promote drying of plant leaves and soil. Practice a 3-year crop rotation. All our bush bean seeds are produced in areas known to be free of halo blight.

INSECT PESTS: Mexican bean beetles can be controlled with natural insecticides such as pyrethrin or azadarachtin.

HARVEST: Regularly to encourage new pod set.

STORAGE: Store at 40°F (5°C) and 90% relative humidity for 7–10 days.