120 days — The high yielding plants of 'Velvet' soybean can reach thirty-six inches in height and produce white flowers. The pods contain two to three beans each. The leaves and pods have silky white hairs (hence the name) that reportedly provide some insect resistance. Robert Lobitz noted that it was, "found as a mutation of the 'Blackhawk' variety in 1956." Our original seed sample was from soy variety preservationist Chris Martin (CO MA C). Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.
Sow seeds about one inch deep, three to four inches apart. Although you can plant in rows, they can be planted densely and allowed to form a canopy. This will help control weed growth. Soybeans are tolerant of drought and poor soil since they fix nitrogen. They will, however, benefit from fertile soil.
Soybean flowers are perfect (self-fertile) and cross pollination is almost non-existent, making saving seed easy. Allow pods to fully develop and dry on the plants.
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