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Dwarf Horticulture Taylor Bean Seeds

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Phaseolus vulgaris
Dwarf Horticulture Taylor Bean Seeds (68 days)

Approximately 50 seeds per ounce

Also known as "Speckled Bays" or "Cranberry Bean".

This pre-1800 heirloom
is a great producer.  Yumalicious on the flavor scale with purple splashed beans that are oval, large and contained in 5-6" pods.  Much earlier than other beans of this type. Use it and store it as a dry bean. Seed is splashed with purple-red blotches. Tends to run, so a good sturdy support will increase yields.

Shumways 1907 Seeds Catalog says about Dwarf Horicultural...
"Compact, upright, stout and vigorous grower, and is exceedingly productive.  Is nice for shelling and succotash.  Is large, oval shape, plump and undoubtedly the best for green shell bean, being rich and delicious as limas." 

1924 Portland Seed Co. catalog says about Dwarf Horticulture Taylor Beans...
"Grows erect, strong and shrubby, and is very prolific.  The bean is highly prized, green shelled.  It is rather large, plump and beautifully mottled yellow and red; one of the most delicious and desirable beans and a great favorite with market gardeners.  The dwarf type of the old favorite London Horticultural Pole Bean." 

My copy of 1913 California Vegetables by Wickson says "Dwarf horticultural, vigorous grower, large leaves, pods medium, curved; beans pale pink, marked with red".


Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  CA, TX

Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per ounce

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

Plant Spacing

100' Row Yield


1.25" 60-150 65 7-10 24" 4-6" 12 lb. Full

Planting Tips:

100+ days for dry beans.  Not cold tolerant, beans need warm soil of 65 degrees or better.  Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield if growing for fresh eating.  Grows best in full sun with well watered soil.  Boost yields and germination by adding inoculants.

When seed pods are fully dry, harvest full plants and shake vigorously in a trash can to separate seeds from plants and dried seed pods.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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