you wrote: What sort of climate do rattlesnake beans need? I'm wondering whether they would grow in the UK. ------------
No problem at all to grow them in the UK. Rattlesnake is one of those beans that do well practically everywhere, alongside Cherokee Trail of Tears and Kentucky Wonder. And they are also early. A great bean. Galina
Trionpho violetto from Burpees might be a different strain Emerald. Ghee, we are bringing back old posts here, good!!
Mine are grown in Northern Quebec, not in the south like Burpee's ( it is the Caribbeans for us ;D ;D) so I feel pretty sure selection might have played a role
Frank from Belgium had sent me a purple pole bean that was amazing. I had it run through a patch of Chires Baby densely planted, and it was a crappy cold summer with Judely nights going down 40 F, delaying production then seed maturity, I could not mature the seeds in time for the early frost we had. This was a summer with only 2 good sunny weeks only, and in the end of August on top of that...
But Frank, they were GOOOOOOD and oh so georgous...got any left???
If you've got early frost threatening, and the beans aren't mature, cut the plants down and bag them in something breatheable like a hessian sack. Hang them up and leave the whole lot to dry. The plant then uses its last energy to ripen the beans, and you should get something that will germinate.
I'm very new to alanbishop.proboards, and don't navigate around very well yet. How do I get to your bean trading Thread to see what you have to trade? You could click on my proboards name and email me. I will definitely keep your email address confidential.
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Post by Darth Slater on May 16, 2012 11:26:00 GMT -5
Rattlesnake beans were originally a southern type bean, mine are all adapted to zone 5a and really produce, out of all the stringless types I have tried so far, these are the best tasting for me, I had Fortex, they were just ok, nothing spectacular a good bean, however not as good as rattlesnake..I want to get some from breeders that are working on a red pole bean as well as a red sugar podded snap pea or snow pea, the market would be really good for something that looked like that.
Post by bluelacedredhead on May 22, 2012 6:58:47 GMT -5
I tried Rattlesnake but they didn't produce well for me? Might have been the poor lighting at the location? So I went back to Fortex. Only problem I had with them was that the wascally wabbits liked them too
Post by mnjrutherford on May 22, 2012 11:15:48 GMT -5
I'd never even heard of rattlesnake beans till moving here. I sure hope you can get something going with them Wendy. I like them best dipped in tempura batter and deep fried. They have a toasted pecan flavor. You might want to try that with the Fortex?
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