- 60 seeds
- Open pollinated
- Distance between plants – 3-6″
- Distance between rows – 2′
- Full sun
- Water every 2-3 days
- Days to maturity – 80-90 days
- Days to germination – 6-10 days
- Height – 18″
- Phaseolus Vulgaris
- Germination rate – 80%
Sow: Direct seed after last frost
Harvest: After 90 days and the bean is brown and dry
Soldier is part of the Phaseolus genus and is a Bean variety. Its scientific name is Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Soldier’. ‘Soldier’ is considered a heirloom cultivar.
A favorite of the Mennonite grower Elvin Martin, who brought this bean to our attention. It produces lots of large kidney type beans, even in the far North. The name comes from the red markings that resemble a soldier. A staple bean for many in historic New England, and now a popular heritage soup bean.
This heirloom bean variety is a great baking bean! Drought tolerant, Soldier beans are tender and meaty and mature in about 90 days. White beans have red markings that resemble a soldier, hence the name!
Soldier beans, also called red-eye beans, come from New England, where Americans have been growing them since the 1800s. Their name is derived from a distinctive red marking around the “eye” of the bean that looks somewhat like a toy soldier.