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Bush Bean: Black Turtle bean

Phaseolus vulgaris

40 seeds/pkt

  • Semi climber
  • Hardy
  • Disease and heat tolerant

This old heirloom has been grown for over 150 years. The plants are “semi-runners,” meaning they grow on bushes that benefit from some support. The plants are super productive. A single plant can produce up to 36 pods, each containing 6-8 seeds. These tasty beans turn from black to dark brown when cooked. This bean is disease resistant, heat resistant, and hardy.

$3.25 inc GST

$3.25 inc GST

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Product Description

Black Turtle Beans are native to Mexico, and have long been a part of the cuisines of Central and South America. Great for soups, burritos and other dishes, black beans have a meaty texture and are rich in antioxidants. The distinct shiny black seeds are resistant to disease and can tolerate hot conditions. Black Turtle Beans come to maturity about 90 days after germinating, and can be harvested when leaves are falling off or have lost most of their color. These beans are typically eaten as dry beans. Sow seeds 20mm deep, approximately 15mm between seeds. Black Turtle beans  stand out among other types of legumes with their shiny, 2.5mm-inch-long beans, which attain a solid brownish-black color when fully dry. As an annual, turtle beans grow virtually anywhere regardless of the local hardiness zone, but they do require a long, hot growing season with at least 90 days of frost-free weather to grow from seed to harvest. The plants need little care apart from regular watering and dense mulching to bear a plentiful crop of beans; however, they sometimes require additional care if they become infested with insect pests.




Planting Guide
Planting Depth
Best Planting Season
Germination Period
7 to 14 days at 21-32°C
Life Cycle
Frost tender annual
Average Plant Height
Row Spacing
Plant Spacing
Full sun
Average days to maturity
90-100 days
Other Information
Plants require adequate spacing and sunlight to maintain dwarf habit. Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.
* The information above is provided as a guide only.
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