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Black Turtle Bean

Phaseolus vulgaris 'Spanish Black'

Also known as

Bean 'Spanish Black'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Black Turtle Bean Overview

Black turtle beans is a cultivar of the usual bean family with shiny black seeds. It is used by vegetarians as a good source of proteins. It has a dense meaty structure and the water it was cooked in is often reused as soup, broth or coloring of other food!

Common problems with Black Turtle Bean

Aphids will wash off with a garden hose pretty easily. Pyrethrin sprays can keep them off your plants for longer, but will need re-applying after any rains. An organic solution is to get some ladybugs and let them loose in your bean patchas they will get rid of any aphids. Other insects that may attack black beans are beetles, leafhoppers and flea beetles. Remove them by hand.

Black Turtle Bean Companion Plants

Brassicas, carrots, beetroot, cucumber, leeks, celery, potatoes, strawberries

How to harvest Black Turtle Bean

Black beans are left until they are fully matured (have dried, the pods will turn yellow and split open when the beans are ready).

How to propagate Black Turtle Bean


Sowing time best during spring and summer directly into the soil with a spacing of 15 - 20 cm apart. Sow them 3-5 cm deep.

Special features of Black Turtle Bean

Crop rotation

Beans are part of the legume family, helping to add value to your soil as they live in close symbiotic relation with Nitrogen-fixing bacteria. They are crusial in improving your soil condition.

Other uses of Black Turtle Bean

Culinary, soil conditioner


Soil conditioner