French bean

Climbing French bean 'Blue Lake'

French bean - Climbing French bean   'Blue Lake'

Common Name: French bean
Genus: Climbing French bean
Cultivar: 'Blue Lake'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables

Height: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The perfect dual-purpose vegetable as it produces an abundant harvest of pencil-thin, stringless green beans with a fine sweet flavour from early summer and then the last few pods can be left on the plant to dry for white haricot beans to store. A climbing variety making a decorative addition to any garden grown up a trellis or wigwam.

  • Growing Instructions: Sow three seeds to a 15cm pot in mid-April and keep well watered and warm until germination. Keep seedlings in a frost-free greenhouse or on a windowsill, potting them on as they grow and once all threat of frost has passed, harden off gradually before planting out. Protect young plants from slugs and support with hazel wigwams or trellis. If you sow a second batch of French beans in July it will provide a continuous harvest well into autumn.

  • Sow: April-May (or July for a late crop)

  • Harvest: July onwards


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