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Organic Jacob's Cattle Bush Bean Seeds

Organic Jacob's Cattle Bush Bean Seeds

San Diego Seed Company

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Jacob’s Cattle bush bean is a stunning bean with red and white speckles. This heirloom bean native to North America has a rich and flavorful history. Handed down through seed savers and farmers for generations, we likewise received the bean from a farmer friend in Valley Center, CA, where we then produced seeds on our certified organic farm.

Jacob’s Cattle bush bean is sometimes called trout or appaloosa bean. It is an excellent dry bean that becomes more flavorful and holds its shape for cooking. We love to cook it with herbs from the garden to make tasty bean soup.

Product Details

Approx Seed Count


Seed Weight

9G, .3oz

Botanical Name

Phaseolus vulgaris

Planting Season 


Soil Temp

65° F+, 18°C+

Planting Depth

½”, 1.2cm

Area to Sow

10' row, 3m row

Days to Germ.


Days to Maturity


Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥5" apart, 12.7cm


10 days

Plant Spread

18", 45.7cm

Plant Height

18", 45.7cm


Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Bush beans are best sown directly into the soil after the soil has warmed to at least 70°F (21°C). This is typically in late April or May. Bush beans, like all plants in the legume family, fix nitrogen in the soil.

Zones 2-8

  • Bush beans should be direct sown when the soil is at least 70 degrees (21°C).

Planting Bush Bean Seeds

  • Plant bush bean seeds 1″ (2.5cm) deep into well-worked and thoroughly watered garden soil. Beans should be planted in a full sun location.   
  • Fertilize regularly with an organic liquid fertilizer once the seedlings have germinated and have their first set of true leaves.
  • Beans can be planted as close to 7″ (17.8cm) apart.

Growing Jacob’s Cattle Bush Bean

  • Bush beans are incredibly easy to grow and are great for gardens with little space. They do well in raised beds, in ground, and planted in containers.
  • Keep weed-free by pulling any weeds that may compete with your bush bean crop.
  • Our guide on how to grow beans provides additional tips!

Succession Planting Bush Bean

  • If you enjoy large amounts of bush beans, succession planting is a good idea. Start a new round of seeds every 10 days.

Growing Bush Bean in Containers

  • Bush beans are an excellent container variety. If you are planting bush beans in containers, make sure your container is at least 10″ (25.4cm) deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.

Harvesting Jacob’s Cattle Bush Bean 

  • The key to happy bush beans is to harvest often. The more you harvest, the more beans you will get. Make sure you harvest your beans at the optimal size for fresh eating. If you wish to grow the beans for dry beans, simply let the beans dry on the vine and harvest for dry bean use. The days to maturity to harvest as a dry bean is about 90 days. Any bean can be used as a fresh bean when it is young, and a dry bean when it is dry.

Southern California Pro Tips

  • In areas of Zones 9 and 10, bush bean is a very easy crop to grow.
  • Mulch heavily around your bush bean plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or heat up too much.
  • During our hottest months of August, September, and October, plants can suffer from the heat. During this time using shade cloth can help protect the plants from extreme heat.
  • Do not overhead water as this promotes disease.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Bush beans are small plants, so do not plant tall flowering plants or veggies in a direction that will shade your bush beans.

Additional Learning Resources

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