A living piece of the Old West! Introduced by Oscar Will in about 1915, this productive dry bean was originally from the Arikara nation of the Dakota Territory. It has also been identified as the same variety collected by the Lewis and Clark expedition and grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Drought tolerant. (80-85 days)
Sow beans 1 to 2 inches deep when danger of frost is past. Soaking seeds 1 to 2 hours before planting will speed germination. Beans will rot if soil is too cold or very damp. Sow bush-types 6 to 12 inches apart in beds, pole-types 6 inches apart in rows. Provide support for poll-types.
Harvest for snaps when pods are good sized; keep snaps well picked, as production slows as seed matures. All varieties of strings will develop in over-mature pods.