Pencil Pod Black Wax Bean Seeds 1135 Heirloom Vegetable. This vigorous, stocky bush bean is a prolific producer. Fleshy, light yellow pods 12-15 cm (5 to 6″) long are quite tender and generally stringless. Plants grow to between 40-50 cm (16-20″) tall. A highly dependable multi-use bean for both home and market gardeners alike. Introduced in 1900.
How to Grow
4-5 seed/gram. Beans tolerate a wide range of soil types. Their best growth is in light, organic, well drained soil with a pH of about 6.5. Beans have a distinct dislike for cold, wet soils, so sow seed only after the soil has warmed to at least 16 C (60 F). Sow 2.5 cm (1″) deep and 8 cm (3″) apart in rows spaced 45 to 70 cm (18 to 28″) apart. To ensure a continuous harvest, sow bush-type varieties every 10 days until mid-July. Keep beans evenly watered, particularly when the plants are in flower and when production of the pods start. Avoid the use of high nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen promotes excessive foliage. Avoid disturbing beans when leaves are damp to reduce the incidence of disease.