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Producing plentiful clusters of pencil-podded long green stringless and flavoursome beans over many weeks throughout the summer. Large seeds make easy sowing!

  • Stringless beans
  • Vigorous performer
  • Product Details
  • How to Sow
  • Tips & Advice

Sowing Time

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Outdoors
Indoors

 

Harvest Time

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowering

Plant Spacing

60cm (24in)

 

20cm (8in)

Sowing Indoors

  • Sow individual seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep in 8cm (3in) pots of seed and potting compost
  • Keep the pots in a frost free greenhouse
  • Ensure the compost remains moist at all times, but not saturated
  • Gradually accustom the young plants to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting them out to their cropping positions from late May onwards, when the danger of frost has passed
  • Ensure supports are in place before planting out
  • Allow 20cm (8in) between plants in the row and 60cm (24in) between rows

 

Sowing Outdoors

  • Sow seeds direct into harvest position 20cm (8in) apart and 5cm (2in) deep
  • Keep soil moist at all times
  • French bean seeds are sensitive to cold, wet soils so do not sow seed outdoors before May

 

Support

  • As these French beans climb, they will need a support
  • A frame of canes and strong netting is ideal, or the beas can be grown in wigwams of sticks or canes, where they become a decorative feature in the garden
  • Ensure any structure is at least 180cm (6ft) high
  • Plants will climb and twine naturally as they grow

 

Aftercare

  • Climbing beans require plenty of water to produce a good crop
  • Water generously in dry spells
  • When plants are full in flower, an occasional midday spraying with a fine hose encourages flower and bean production
  • Climbing French beans are generously disease and trouble free

 

Harvest

  • Pick the beans when they are young and tender
  • This encourages plants to remain productive for longer

 

Freezing

  • Climbing French beans freeze well
  • Simply slice then blanch them in boiling water for a minute or two, drain, allow to cool then bag them for the freezer

Growing Tips

  • Do not be too eager to plant outdoors
  • French beans thrive in sunny position which is not exposed to cold winds

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