An old-time bean from the New England state. Jacob Cattle beans are slightly kidney-shaped and have a distinctive, white and maroon-mottled color. These beans have long been a staple for baked beans and soups. This early, bush variety is also good as a snap bean. Plants have a bush habit which grows between 51-61 cm (20-24”) tall, with a spread of 45-51 cm (18-20”) wide. This variety cooks in half the time of most dry beans. Reliable early yields makes them popular for short seasons. An Open pollinated variety.
Try to plant during a warm, dry spell (April to June). Soil must be warm-if it is not warm enough, seeds will rot. Beans require a minimum soil temperature of 16°C (60°F) and a maximum of 24°C (75°F). Seeds will not germinate properly if planted too deeply or too early in cold wet ground. Sow seeds 2.5cm (1") deep, 5-8cm (2-3") apart, in rows 45-60cm (18-24") apart. Never sow white seeded beans too early. White bean seeds transmit water too fast, cracking the cotyledons which reduces seed vigor and germination whereas darker coloured bean seeds can regulate water uptake in cool, wet soils, preventing the cracking of the cotyledons.
Soil Conditions: Well worked, rich, loose, and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Additional Information Avoid planting in soil that stays consistently damp or wet. Beans typically need warm soil of 65° or higher. Grows best in full sun. Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield.