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Plant: Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) | Variety: Purple King

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A lovely purple variety which turn green when cooked. Crops all summer and into autumn until the frosts come. Excellent keeping when frozen.

Jan 2: Wasn’t sure on the viability of the seeds as the expiry date on the packet was 2006. Rather than dash out and buy another packet I thought I would give them a go and pleased that I did – hate waste!

Couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when I saw the shoots, several about 25mm/inch above the soil. Almost a 100% success. Wow!

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Planting Data

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Bean (8104)
Variety
Purple King (94)

Purchased from Forest Creek Nursery

Prickles's bean Purple King climber Care Instructions

Try for a seed spacing of at approx. 5.94 inches (15.24 cm) and sow at a depth of around 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) if planning to sow direct.

Ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant - Bean 'Purple King' is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.68 metres (that's 5.46 feet in imperial).

Your garden has full sun light, which is a great match for Bean 'Purple King'.

Remember to water moderately.

Your garden's USDA Hardiness Zone (9b) is within the ideal range for Bean 'Purple King'. The recommended range is between Zone 5 and 13.

A soil ph of between 6.0 and 6.8 is ideal for Bean 'Purple King' as it does best in acidic soil so test your soil acidity often.

Bean 'Purple King' tends to be susceptible to Bean rust, Mexican beetle, Aphids, Leaf hoppers, and Spider Mites so keep a note of any developing symptoms.

More information about bean Purple King climber is available in the Folia gardener's wiki. All bean Purple King climber Care Instructions have been kindly provided by our members.

Harvest Tally

3.63 kg : 16.0 handful + 1.0 item + 1.0 bowl

Milestones

  • 16 Apr 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 114

    1.0 x handful 0.03 kg

  • 13 Apr 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 111

    1.0 x handful 0.03 kg

  • 31 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 98

    1.0 x handful 0.2 kg

  • 28 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 95

    1.0 x handful 0.09 kg

  • 27 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 94

    1.0 x handful 0.06 kg

  • 26 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 93

    1.0 x item 0.07 kg

  • 25 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 92

    1.0 x bowl 0.85 kg

  • 21 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 88

    1.0 x handful 0.31 kg

  • 19 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 86

    1.0 x handful 0.07 kg

  • 16 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 83

    1.0 x handful 0.07 kg

  • 15 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 82

    1.0 x handful 0.14 kg

  • 14 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 81

    1.0 x handful 0.28 kg

  • 13 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 80

    2.0 x handful 0.57 kg

  • 10 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 77

    2.0 x handful 0.45 kg

  • 07 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 74

    boy, when they begin maturing they come thick and fast!

    1.0 x handful 0.2 kg

  • 05 Mar 2011
    Harvesting

    Harvesting day 72

    ’ray! we finally got some.

    1.0 x handful 0.21 kg

  • 12 Feb 2011
    Flowering

    Flowering day 51

    Just have to hope the beans grow before the frosts hit

  • 02 Jan 2011
    Sprouting

    Sprouting day 10

  • 23 Dec 2010
    Sown

    Sown day 0

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Comments

  • Warick

    Warick wrote:

    It is amazing they still germinate with an expiry date of 2006 as with many seeds that are well over their use by date..I often find seed within my 2 containers that are stored in the fridge that have well expired but sow them when required to avoid wastage with amazing results..Do you store yours in the fridge..I think that the cold storage in the fridge may prolong the seed viability which helps us budding gardeners reduce costs..
    Good luck with the beans.. This variety also grows well at my place..

    Posted on 03 Jan 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Prickles

    Prickles wrote:

    Hi Warick

    I’ve done it before with flower seeds but thought I’d only fluked it. I usually only get a couple of seasons out of vegie seeds though so never been in that position before. Never thought about the fridge for storing seed – at our place there’s a good chance they’d finish up in a stew!

    I usually keep my extra seeds in a screwtop jar. I just checked and the bean seeds are simply in the packet I scanned for this entry – not in foil like carrot seeds. You might be onto something there. Wonder what other Folians do with spare seed?

    I noticed under the Planting Data it is listed that I purchased the beans on 23 Dec 2010 where that was the date I planted them. I’m confused – not that that is difficult!

    Posted on 03 Jan 11 (over 3 years ago)

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