[Kenyan heirloom] Sturdy upright plants produce loads of dark purple mottled beans. Plants will occasionally send out short runners, but overall are bush-type. Wonderfully rich flavor and smooth texture. In the garden, Tiger’s Eye is a Phaseolus vulgaris variety that grows in bush fashion with greenish yellow pods, according to seed catalogues. SOWING: After the danger of frost has passed and daytime soil temps average at least 60 degrees, sow seeds 4-6” apart in rows 24-36” apart. Place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place. Our preferred method is to bend 16’ cattle panels into an arch, planting 4-5 seeds at the base on each side. Grow them yourself and you'll appreciate how quickly they cook (~35 minutes from fresh shelled beans to the table-no soaking necessary.) Water well just once at planting time to avoid seed rot. Virus-susceptible Tiger's Eye (left) and virus-resistant UC Tiger's Eye (right) produce beans that are nearly indistinguishable, but the new variety from UC Davis is 28% more productive on organic farms. Alternatively, entire plants may be pulled once a majority of pods have yellowed. Photo credit: It's free and quick! 6 in. SUPPORT:  Bush varieties do not usually require support. ... Plant seeds ½ to 1 inch deep, 2-3 inches apart, 18-30 inches between rows. This variety is known for its creamy flavor and skins that disappear when cooked. I have not grown this one myself, but I certainly would if I had more room in the garden. Details for Beans Phaseolus vulgaris, 'Tiger's Eye'. Very productive dry bean. Kohlrabi: "Pick me now!Pick me now or I'll get too woody!" If beans are planted in cold soil, they may rot. Then along comes the Tiger's Eye Bean: "Well... you can pick me now and enjoy me as a snap bean, wait till my seeds get plump and taste my buttery flavor as a shell bean, or well go ahead and take your time and I'll turn into a dry bean. (Phaseolus vulgaris) Also known as Pepa de Zapallo, the "Tiger's Eye" bean originates from South America and still remains quite popular in parts of Italy. Beans can be stored for several years under these conditions. Finally, selection of tolerant cultivars is important in areas with known insect issues. During hot and dry periods, beans may stop flowering or may drop flowers. digthedirt is about gardening, outdoor living and loving our planet! Very tender skins almost disappear when cooked. Bean Mosaic causes a mottled light and dark green mosaic-like pattern on leaves (they often look like they are variegated) and downward cupping along each leaflet. Copyright 2008, 2009 DigtheDirt, plants, garden friends, garden advice, landscape tips at DigtheDirt.com. Avoid planting when cool, wet weather is forecast as this can increase the occurrence of fungal diseases and damping off. SAVING SEEDS:  Select disease-free plants that are true-to-type. Bean / Tiger’s Eye; Tiger’s Eye. Sun exposure, USDA hardiness zones, soil conditions, planting time, lifespan, blooming attributes and more. Bean : Tiger Eye. Now sold out for 2020. Click to open expanded view ... Great for Chili or refried beans. (Phaseolus vulgaris) Also known as Pepa de Zapallo, the "Tiger's Eye" bean originates from South America and still remains quite popular in parts of Italy. You can warm the soil beforehand with cloches or plastic mulch, or start them indoors if you must have an early crop. When a majority of pods have begun to yellow, pull entire plant and turn upside down to dry. Alternatively, wire or nylon clothesline can be strung across several posts to support an entire row. Tiger Eye A variety that is simply gorgeous in color and pattern, with a golden hue and a maroon swirl. Don’t plant Pole Beans out until all frost danger is past and the soil is warm (at least 60˚ F and ideally 80˚ F). Avoid planting beans in the same location for at least two years. They are actually Phaseolus vulgaris Annual Full sun 2 feet tall 8 inches wide An Argentinian heirloom known as Pepa de Zapallo also routinely grown in Chile. Beans are inbreeding plants and therefore measures to control cross-pollination are usually not necessary. For dry beans, individual pods may be harvested as soon as they have begun to yellow. Check below for detailed opinions of real gardeners on all stats for "Beans: Phaseolus vulgaris, 'Tiger's Eye'". 50 seeds/pkt. Great for chili or refried beans. Remove plant debris in the fall and turn over soil to minimize disease carryover. INSECT PESTS: Mexican Bean Beetles and Japanese Beetles can be controlled using a simple homemade insecticidal soap solution. Giving plants ample space will allow leaves to dry more quickly and slow the spread of disease. Originally from Southern South America. Allow pods to dry for about four days before shelling. The skins are very tender and disappear when cooked making them great for refried beans or chili. Lemon Cucumber: "Pick me now or I'll get too seedy!" Pheromone-based Japanese Beetle traps can also be effective at minimizing damage to plants.