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Right now I’m growing the fabulous Trionfo Violetto pole bean which passes every test and still produces long tender delicious purple beans, even well into the season. I’ve been growing this heirloom variety for more than 15 years.
This bean is a vigorously growing pole variety. When the vines reach the top of the pole they can be trained to run down another side, so it can be fashioned into an arching tunnel, or arbor from which you can comfortably pick in the shade. It has a dark blueish green leaf and gorgeous purple flowers. It produces gallons of beautiful purple beans over a very long period, and if sprayed with a seaweed solution about once a month, will grow a second heavy crop after the first big flush. In addition to all this fabulousness, perhaps it’s most revered quality is its ability to withstand damage from Japanese beetles. Leaves may get munched, but this stalwart will valiantly carry on producing. Spray with seaweed solution and the leaves will re-grow.
I love creating bean towers from downed tree limbs. I collect 2 to 3 inch thick limbs about 6 to 8 feet in length that blow down during the wind storms and fashion rustic bean tripods and lattices by lashing the poles with a good three ply cotton seine twine. I run reinforcing “branches” horizontally about two inches from the soil on all sides and then wrap garden jute twine horizontally to give the beans additional climbing support. I dig a hole about ten to twelve inches deep for each pole— deep enough to withstand most summer storms.
Beans need lots of full sun, but I have grown these running up twine as a living screen for the front porch which only receives sun for half the day.
I used to carefully plant the beans, spacing about every 3-4 inches around the perimeter of the bean structure, but if you plant closer they will still come up and you can thin to about one every 3-4 inches. Keep moist during germination, they are usually up within ten days. Please do not plant these on a Friday in warm dry weather and then go off to the beach for a week. Water them every morning or afternoon when you get home, and be happy. Once up and growing make sure they get regular waterings and they will steadily produce for weeks. Pick every day weather permitting to encourage continued production. Learn how to freeze beans or share the extra and make someone’s day.
The Trionfo Violetto variety is hard to find in the U.S. and your seeds have great germination rates and grow robustly. This one is a keeper!
Posted by Mary on 17th Jul 2019
So far, so good. The plants are growing incredibly well. I hope to have beans soon!
Posted by undefined on 23rd Jul 2017
Planted in February (Phoenix, AZ) harvesting handfuls of wonderful beans now the end of April, first of May! Great producer which is hard for most varieties of beans in our climate! Grew to about 8 feet tall on trellis. Highly recommend.
Posted by PhxGreenthumb on 2nd May 2017
This bean took a while to get going - it was later than many of my other pole beans and I started to worry it wasn't going to be great in my garden. I fretted for no reason. Once these vines started producing they only stopped cranking out more beans in the worst of the August heat. They started overwhelming us with another basket every other day through much of September. The Violetto's maintain their crisp pod quality to a very size which is good because even bean freak families will have trouble keeping pace with these vines. I have 15 gallons frozen to use this winter and we already have requests from coworkers gifted with our overflow beans to please grow these again next summer.
Posted by Michele on 11th Oct 2016
Great producer. Great flavor. Fruits are still tender, even when a little big. Great for canning. I wish they stayed purple when cooked, but they are still a beautiful green when cooked. Make sure that your tripods or tetrapods are sturdy, the plants get heavy and can fall over if the poles are too flimsy.
Posted by Robert in Arkansas on 19th Jul 2014
Very pleased with the salad mixes. Sell all that I have time to grow! Here's something for you to pass along: I have Trionfo Violetto beans intertwining with a few left over Blue Lake pole beans. The Japanese beetles turned the Blue Lake leaves to lace, but left the Trionfo Violetto beans alone. Any variety that withstands the onslaught and lives — wins.
Posted by Mary in Virginia on 27th Jun 2014
As a CSA farmer, who specializes in heirloom and gourmet vegetables, I typically grow 6-10 varieties of beans every year for our own table and our CSA families. While I always grow several new-to-us varieties each year, I always grow Trionfo Violetto. Always. Every year. Because it is the most reliable, prolific, and absolutely delicious bean we've grown no matter the conditions. It looks beautiful in the garden, and even more stunning on the table. But, the bottom line for us is taste. Trionfo Violetto has that rich old-time true bean taste. Our CSA families rave about this bean, and always want more. There are other purple beans on the market, but Trionfo Violetto consistently beats them all in productivity, ease of growing, and true bean taste.
Posted by Maggie Miles, Hippie Holler Farm CSA, Kentucky on 10th Jun 2013
This is my favorite bean. Even if I miss some and they are getting pretty big, they are still tender. Always produces well for me.
Posted by Gloria in PA on 22nd Mar 2012