Bean Climbing Dalmatian | Members Only Preservation Packet


Availability: members only, 2 per person

GENUS: Phaseolus SPECIES: vulgaris

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Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Number of Seeds: 20

Description: Climber, green snap beans. This is one of the original seeds in the Kōanga Collection and it was instrumental in helping us decide to do this work. It was gifted to Kay by Mary, a member of the Kaiwaka Garden Club in the year of 1986, just after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, when she was becoming aware that almost all the seeds available in New Zealand for us to buy came from the Northern Hemisphere (they still do, even the organically grown heritage seeds). It came here with the Dalmatian gum diggers, and was widely known and grown all over Northland. It has large leaves, and grows in colder conditions than many climbing beans which means they can be started a little earlier than the others. The bean is large, very sweet, tender and meaty, a light, pale green colour with purple streaking where the beans are in the sun. They never get stringy. They are outstanding beans. The pods contain few seeds so they are very precious which is why they have never been available commercially in this country.

Planting Instructions: Scatter sow into seed trays. Transplant when second leaves appear at 10cm spacing under trellis. This will avoid problems with birds, slugs, snails, and rotting in cold ground.