Bean, Bush Viva San Diego ORGANIC


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This bean comes with a very local story!


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This bean comes with a very local story! Our dear friend over at Rio Del Rey Beans gave us a highly prolific bean called “Viva” in hopes of us utilizing its great qualities to produce a bean that does really well in our region. The Viva bean had been a breeding project of bean breeders at the University of California Davis campus. We were delighted that he would share such a stunning bean with us! After taking it home to our certified organic farm and producing seeds we were in for a HUGE surprise! The all-black seeds that he gave us yielded a kaleidoscope of flavors, colors, and textures. Instead of being disappointed at the pollination mishaps we fell in love with the bean and did further field tests. After trialing them over and over we got feedback from our growers and gardeners and they all said the same thing! We LOVE IT! So, here it is for you to enjoy too! We love to cook it with herbs from the garden to make tasty bean soup.

Suggested Planting Requirements: Legumes like a well-drained soil rich in organic matter and a moderate amount of nutrients. Plants should be watered lightly at the time of planting, medium at flowering, and heavily throughout harvest time. Despite the warning against transplanting your beans, on our farm we almost always start our seeds in the greenhouse and plant them out. This allows for perfect spacing on our small farm. Depending on your preference you may start indoors for short-season growing, or seed directly once soils have reached at least 48F, after the last frost. If you plant them too soon in cold soil, your seeds will likely rot. Soak beans for 24 hours before planting for expedited germination.

Growing Recommendations: Avoid overhead watering to prevent diseases. The more you pick, the more beans the plant will produce. Checking the plant every few days is a good practice. Space the plants 6-8″ to provide ample airflow and prevent fungal issues. For bush bean varieties, succession planting every 2 weeks will ensure a constant supply of beans for the summer months.

Harvesting & Storage: Pick regularly to extend the harvest period. When you have enough beans harvested you can let the remaining beans mature and dry them on the vine to use as shell beans. Fresh pole beans freeze well.


Soil Temperature:65-85°F
Planting Depth:1″
Days to Germination:5-10 +
Days to Maturity:65-70+
Height at Maturity:5’-7’
Lighting Requirements:Full Sun


Phaseolus vulgaris

Package Weight: 9 gram

Approximate seed count per packet: 30 seeds


Additional information

Weight00.4 g
Dimensions5.00 × 0.10 × 3.00 in

1lb, 1/2 lb, Packet

1 review for Bean, Bush Viva San Diego ORGANIC

  1. curlysue562 (verified owner)

    These are amazing and beautiful! I’m storing them as shell beans to make fall chili.

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