Trail of Tears

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Bean, Trail of Tears

This beautiful heirloom was marched from Tennessee to Oklahoma as the U.S. government forced the Cherokee people to relocate during the brutal winter of 1838-1839. Trail of Tears Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a decent green bean, but many growers demand it every year for its superiority as a dried black bean. Climbs like nobody’s business. Matures from seed to harvest in 65 days.

Each packet contains approximately 40-60 seeds.

Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Plant directly into rich, fast draining soil in spring after the soil has warmed. Sow 1 inch deep and 2-4 inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart. Soaking 1-2 hours prior to planting will speed germination. Thin when seedlings emerge so that bush varieties are 5 to 6 inches apart; pole varieties 6 to 8 inches apart.

Pick often to keep plants productive; when harvesting immature pods you encourage new blossoms to form. Look for firm, sizable pods and pinch off with your thumbnail and fingers.