Lofthouse Landrace Tepary Beans
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Landrace
Seeds per packet: ~25
Germination tested 11/2018: 82%
Joseph Lofthouse is a genius plant breeder based in Paradise, Utah, and we are very excited to be offering things grown and bred by him. He calls himself a "landrace seedsman", and his focus as a seed grower is on incredibly diverse populations of staple crops suitable for his very short season. Joseph has created some amazing landraces and we're honored to be selling some of them, including this exciting tepary bean landrace. Tepary beans are a traditional Native American crop from the US Southwest and Mesoamerica well-known for their drought resistance: come have been known to grow to maturity with just a single irrigation at planting. This population is ripe for future breeding.
From Joseph: "Short season, landrace tepary beans. About half of this seed is recently descended from hybrids (F2, F3, F4), therefore the genetics are still rearranging themselves and making all kinds of amazing new varieties. I have selected for pods that do not shatter in the field, but that shatter easily after harvest. To harvest I recommend pulling the plant whole and hitting it against the inside of a garbage can. Avoid picking individual pods due to shattering. I also harvest by cutting the vine off just above ground level, finish drying on a tarp, and then beating or stomping the vines to release the seed."
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed after danger of last frost. Plants could be 3-8 inches apart in rows 6-16 inches apart.