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PlantFiles: Dry Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'True Red Cranberry'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: True Red Cranberry

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 8, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

From a vendor's description, this is "a once-rare heirloom rediscovered by bean collector John Withee and first offered by the Abundant Life Seed Foundation.

Inspired by a description of “Red Cranberry” in a 1700s gardening encyclopedia, after an 11-year search Withee obtained it from a Mr. Taylor of Steep Falls, ME. The plump round maroon seeds look just like Thanksgiving cranberries, unlike the bush cranberry types which are usually oval and speckled. True Cranberry is one of our oldest varieties, probably sown by Native Americans. A moderate climber to 6', Cranberry is unfazed by short cool growing seasons." (95 days)

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