Mayflower Bean


  • Pole bean
  • Square white seeds speckled with rose
  • Delicious flavor despite strings
  • Excellent as a dry bean
  • Snap or dry bean
  • 150 Seeds/30g

Item Details

(aka Amish Knuttle) Cutshort-type bean packed with small square seeds that are white speckled with rose. Prized for delicious flavor despite strings. Also excellent as a dry bean. Pole habit, snap or dry, 100 days.

History of the Plant

European settlers renamed bean cultivars and returned them to North America. For instance, today’s ‘Mayflower’ bean may have come over on the Mayflower in 1620 to become a staple in North and South Carolina, but it most likely originated in its “new” location to begin with.

Learn to Grow Mayflower Bean

Direct Seed: 2" Apart

Seed Depth: 1"

Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing

Light: Full Sun

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media



Have your soil tested. Beans grow best in slightly acidic to neutral soil, pH between 6 and 7. Clay or silt loams are better for bean production than sandy soils, although good drainage is important. Use well-rotted manure or compost at planting to increase soil organic matter.



While you can speed germination of many seeds by soaking in water overnight, don’t soak beans before planting. Bean seeds lack the hard outer shells that need pretreatment to speed sprouting.




On average, it takes bean plants a little less than two months to produce beans and fully mature, but different cultivars have different maturities. The time can vary from 45 to 75 days, depending on the cultivar and the climate.




Water. Common beans need 1 inch of water per week. Use a drip irrigation system for supplemental watering to avoid splashing soil onto the leaves, which can lead to soil-borne diseases.



Sow Mayflower Bean seeds directly into your soil, rather than starting the growing process indoors. Bean plants have fragile roots, which makes them difficult to transplant.


life cycle

There are four main stages in the life cycle of a bean plant: seed, germination, leaf growth, and flowering.




Bush beans are generally ready to harvest within 50–55 days, while pole beans can take 55 to 60 days. The bean pods are ready to harvest when they’re four to six inches long and slightly firm



Mayflower Bean  plants need six to eight hours of full sun per day. Make sure your plants have access to direct sunlight.




Beans have a nutritional profile that suits all ages, providing cholesterol-free protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, resistant starch, and the more recently discovered phytonutrients. 



Their nutrient profile fits with the dietary needs of growing children and teenagers as well as adults. Protein is critical for growth and development in children and adolescents

Amazing Recipes of Mayflower Beans (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House

Enjoy these flor de mayo beans, just like granny prepared them, with a touch of butter and a spicy flavor that will make you remember your home.


Instant Pot Boston Baked Beans—navy beans with molasses and salt pork pressure cooked in a fraction of the time it would take to cook in the oven.


This classic recipe for Boston-style baked beans is adapted from the baked beans made famous at Boston’s Durgin-Park restaurant.


The simple joy of vibrant beans cooked in fragrant broth with a splash of cream.

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