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I'm growing Black Valentine, these are not doing as well as other bush type beans I have growing.
I tried doing a search for 'heat resistant' black beans. However, I'm getting more search results for high desert cultivars, my humidity is much higher. As in regards to growing, am I to be treating the black beans differently from snap beans?
Anyone have any recommendations for a heat, humidity loving black bean? Preferably OP
I've found that the actual bean temperature tolerances are usually different from those commonly quoted. I am certain that a lot depends on other environmental factors as well. For example, here I am growing a crop of thriving Windsor beans (Fava, Broad) which are happily producing pods in the hot (85f) weather we've had this spring. Now, everyone will tell you (and I would have also) that Favas are a cool-weather crop, but this year mine only produced flowers and didn't produce any pods until the weather hit 80f.
I always plant a variety of beans. It seems that each year some thrive and others don't. This year the peas and favas are producing a huge harvest but the bush beans seem to be struggling. Last year the bush beans grew like a tall hedge and the peas were only mediocre.
Mine were pretty much vining and little to no "bush" to them. They weren't huge vines, but were very productive.
Tepary beans like the ground warmer than snap beans before going it. Also, they like dry conditions, so don't water them or they will produce all leaves and no beans. Other than that... I mostly ignore them and they manage fine without me helicopter gardening.
This variety is from Oaxaca, Mexico and it's pretty darn hot down there. This bean likes a soil temp of about 80F to germinate and can take a bit either way. I think you'd be safe planting now and even into June. It matures faster than most dried peas (60-90 days). Last year I direct seeded on 4/26 when the soil temp hit 70F for good, and harvested on the vine fully dried 7/30. I suspect they'd come in faster if the soil is warmer when you plant them.
Hope this helps and the bean works out good for you!
Oh... and it's a tasty little bean if you like black beans. I like it in beans and rice cuban style or with quinoa and corn.
If you have trouble finding it I'll send you some seeds. I got mine from Seeds of Change originally.