Mitla Shell & Dry Bean - Sustainably Grown

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Mitla Shell & Dry Bean - Sustainably Grown

Phaseolus vulgaris
(85 days) Open-pollinated. Hailing from the Mitla Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, this variety’s dense foliage produces medium runners, lavender flowers and good yields of thin delicate pods each containing 5–6 lustrous black seeds. A great crop for new plots, Mitla covers the ground and builds the soil. The great-tasting and nutritious beans are excellent in black bean soup and for refries. Soak the small seeds and let them cook longer than other beans. This variety first came to us labeled as a tepary bean, Phaseolus acutifolius, but tepary it is not. Acting on a tip from Tim Springston of Oxbow Farm in Erin, NY, we grew it out in 2014 alongside four genuine tepary beans. We found it looked—and performed—clearly different from the true teparies and more like the vulgaris species.


320 Mitla - Sustainably Grown
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Additional Information

Shell and Dry Beans

  • Average 130 seeds/2oz packet. 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. All bush beans except where noted.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.

Culture: Harvest at shelling stage when beans are plump inside pods. For dry beans let pods dry hard on the vine until pressing the beans with your fingernail leaves no indentation. If heavy rains or hard frost threaten before full dry maturity, either pull plants by the roots and hang them in a dry place to finish; or pick pods into mesh or paper bags and finish drying them indoors before threshing.

Beans

  • All beans are open-pollinated.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.

Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. 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 60–80°. 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 (inoculate with Guard-N Combo Legume Inoculant). 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.

Diseases:

  • ANTH: Anthracnose
  • 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
  • R: Rust
  • SC: Sclerotina

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.

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Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.