French bean

Climbing French bean 'Cobra'

French bean - Climbing French bean   'Cobra'

Common Name: French bean
Genus: Climbing French bean
Cultivar: 'Cobra'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables

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

Flower Colour: Purple

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

One of the most reliable French beans around and a prolific cropper, producing heavy yields of long, straight, sweetly-flavoured beans over a long period. A vigorous climber, it quickly clambers to the top of poles and starts producing beans ahead of most other varieties. The pale violet flowers make it pretty enough to grow in the ornamental garden too.

  • 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. Pick French beans very regularly to keep the harvest coming: if beans are left on the plant to mature it will stop producing new ones.

  • Sow: April-June

  • Harvest: June onwards



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