Painted Pony (Beans)

Painted Pony (Beans)

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The Painted Pony is also known as the Mare Brown bean. An heirloom bean type that is a multi-purpose bean. It can be picked for a green snap bean at about 55-60 days or left to mature for 85-90 days for use as a dry bean. The half brown and half white kidney-shaped bean gives rise to its name. A very sturdy bush habit that grows to 40-45 cm (16-18") tall with a 40-45 cm (16-18”) spread. A very prolific producer of stringless pods. The dry beans retain much of their markings when cooked. 

Plant directly into rich, fast draining soil in spring after the soil has warmed. Sow 1 inch deep and 2-4 inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart. Soaking 1-2 hours prior to planting will speed germination. Thin when seedlings emerge so that bush varieties are 5 to 6 inches apart; pole varieties 6 to 8 inches apart.

Pick often to keep plants productive; when harvesting immature pods you encourage new blooms to form. Look for firm, sizeable pods and pinch off with your thumbnail and fingers.