Climbing Bean Purple King
The climbing bean Purple King is an heirloom also known as Blue Coco or Magic Bean in some places. It is probably my most popular climbing bean at market and the standard I grow personally. It produces many straight, flat purple coloured beans up to 18cm long. It produces very high yields when the weather is warm during January to March.
The colour fades when cooked. Can grow up to 1.8m approx, so give it some strong poles or wire to climb. Fairly tolerant of cool periods.
Sow – late October to December (cool climate)
Spacing – 15cm plants, 1m rows (sow two or three to a hole and soak seed overnight to aide germination)
The common bean is a highly variable species that has a long history of cultivation. All wild members of the species have a climbing habit, but many cultivars are classified either as bush beans or dwarf beans, or as pole beans or climbing beans, depending on their style of growth.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 26 C (around 7 days to germination)