What are some different bean cultivars

Romano bean. The 'Romano' bean is a flat-podded snap bean cultivar introduced from southern Europe. The original 'Romano' pole bean grows well in Wisconsin as does the 'Bush Romano.' This cultivar is especially noted for its good quality when frozen.

Seed 'Romano' beans around May 10 in rows 24 to 30 inches apart with plants 2 to 3 inches apart in the row. Harvest when pods are well developed but still young and tender. Older pods are fibrous.

Broad or Windsor bean. This bean is sometimes called the horse bean. It can be grown in Wisconsin, but these hardy, stocky, upright plants are easily damaged by aphids and leafhoppers. Damage is generally severe, unless the insects are controlled.

Seed broad beans as soon as you can work the soil in early spring. Space plants 3 to 4 inches apart in rows 24 to 30 inches apart. Harvest when pods are fully developed but still green.

Shell and eat broad bean seeds cooked like peas or lima beans. The pods are tough, spongy and not very tasty.

Scarlet runner bean. The 'Scarlet Runner' is a pole bean usually grown more for its attractive flowers rather than its seeds. However, the large seeds are edible.

Seed 'Scarlet Runner' around May 10 in double rows 12 inches apart with 36 inches between paired rows and 3 to 4 inches between plants in each row. Harvest when pods are full-sized but still green. Shell and eat seeds cooked like peas or lima beans. The pods are fibrous even when young.

The dried seeds are striking in appearance and are useful in children's art projects.

Mung bean. Seed around May 10 in rows 24 to 30 inches apart with plants 3 to 4 inches apart. Harvest individual pods when they are dark brown and fully mature. Pods continue to mature over a long period.

Mung bean seeds produce the bean sprouts used in Chinese dishes. For long, tender sprouts, remove seeds from the Mung bean pods and germinate under clean, moist conditions.

Purple bean. There are cultivars of bush and pole beans as well as 'Romano' that produce purple pods. The purple color is the result of water-soluble anthocyanin pigments. However, pods become bright green after heating and are attractive and tender.

Lima bean. These plants need a long, warm growing season, plenty of space, and balanced fertility. Seed around May 20 when the soil is warm and danger of frost is past. Space plants 3 to 4 inches apart in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.

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    When to harvest lima beans?
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