Bean, Pole Dry, 'Papa de Rola'

(aka “Dove’s Breast”) This Portuguese bean is one of the most beautiful in our collection: large and plump, half pure white, the other half speckled beige and burgundy. Though we list them as a pole bean, they display more of a half-running habit to about 4-5’, thus benefiting from support. They make a wonderfully delectable and hearty soup bean.
90-95 days. UO

Packet: 40 seeds

Product Code: BEA-PA-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Direct seed after the last frost date when the soil has warmed.

Pole beans produce over a long season so multiple sowings are unnecessary.

Note: Beans prefer well-drained soil.




4-6 seeds per linear foot in rows 12" apart. Depending on your trellis system, you may also sow 4-6 seeds around each pole.


5-10 days @ soil temp 65-90F


Full sun to part shade


Low to average. Beans prefer well-drained warm soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0.


Beans prefer warm soils and may rot at lower temperatures. This is particularly true for white-seeded varieties. You love beans. Patience.

To increase yields in areas where beans have not previously been grown, use an inoculant to introduce rhizobia bacteria into the soil.

Pole beans require trellising, fencing, or poles!

Allow pods to dry on plant and pick often.