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10 Organic 'Blue Lake' French Climbing Bean Plants

Reliably prolific cropper of sweet delicious beans

The Highlights


    • Sweet, tender and stringless green beans
    • Prolific and reliable with heavy yields
    • Crops all the way through from July to October
    • Heritage variety dating from 1885
    • Space saving vertical crop thrives even in adverse weather
    • Support required to promote vertical growth. Use a trellis, stake, or A-frame. Your support will have to be at least 2m tall. The plants should grow tendrils that will reach up and start climbing the structure. You can aid this process by gently wrapping the new growth around the support structure to help it to cling on.MORE

10 Organic 'Blue Lake' French Climbing Bean Plants

Reliably prolific cropper of sweet delicious beans
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The Highlights


    • Sweet, tender and stringless green beans
    • Prolific and reliable with heavy yields
    • Crops all the way through from July to October
    • Heritage variety dating from 1885
    • Space saving vertical crop thrives even in adverse weather
    • Support required to promote vertical growth. Use a trellis, stake, or A-frame. Your support will have to be at least 2m tall. The plants should grow tendrils that will reach up and start climbing the structure. You can aid this process by gently wrapping the new growth around the support structure to help it to cling on.MORE

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

10 Plug Plants
Plug plants are small seedlings that allows you to skip the germination process involved in having to sow from seed.

Height on arrival:

10-25cm

Eventual height:

185cm

Eventual spread:

30-50cm

Tasting notes:

Fresh and sweet nutty flavour
It is important you cook the beans first as they contain toxins that must be removed by cooking.

Time to first crop:

10-12 weeks
Harvest when the pods are 10-12cm in length

Hardiness:

Hardy
Plant outside after the last frost and preferably in a sunny, sheltered location to protect the plant from chilling winds.

Uses:

Salads, Chilli, Fried, Side Dish

Rootstock:

Spacing:

25cm
If planting in rows then plant at least 25cm apart with 60cm in between the rows.

Care Guide

Good Pest/Disease Resistance

Runner Beans can be susceptible to attacks from slugs and aphids which are more of an issue during different parts of the plant's life. Initially

Water Regularly

Full Sun in a Sheltered PositionMORE

Full Sun in a Sheltered Postion

Runner Beans need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day. Best grown in a sheltered position to protect against cold

Fertile

Well-draining

Feed Regularly

Once the flowers emerge feed the plants with a high-potash fertiliser such as liquid tomato feed.MORE

Prune Lightly

When the plant reaches 180cm

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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