Black Turtle

Black Turtle beans are a super productive, tasty drying bean. As a semi-runner, this old heirloom bushes but benefits from some support. With a single plant producing up to 36 pods each, you can anticipate harvesting up to 1lb of fresh seeds for every foot of plants!


Sow as early as possible, 2-5cm (1-2") deep, 5-8cm (2.3") apart, in rows 45-60cm apart. Thin to at least 15cm (6") apart in each row. mid-May under cover if temperature permits or in pots indoors then set out carefully a few weeks later.

  • Optimal soil temperature is between 21-32°C
  • Space plants 15cm (6") apart
  • Matures in 80 days
  • Compact plant grows only 45cm (18") tall
  • Save your own seeds to plant the following year