Climbing French Bean ‘Blue Lake’
Wonderful climbing up Neil’s Wire Hoop Plant Supports these beans will happily twirl and cling with very little attention.
Delicate white flowers you can create spaces even in the smallest of gardens are not only ornamental, but productive too! This climbing variety will crop for far longer than dwarf beans making it an excellent and easy choice.
How to grow:
Start seeds undercover in April in 9cm pots and/or sow direct into the garden after the last frosts. Seeds benefit from a bit of warmth to germinate (12-25°C is ideal).
Space plants every 15cm around the hoops (or other supports) and tie in stems loosely. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Vulgaris Phaseolus
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring – Summer
Pinching: When plants reach the top of their supports to stop the upward growth
Germination: Up to 15 days
Height: 7ft (2.1m)
Seeds per packet: 50
Begin picking the pods when they are 10cm long. Pods are ready when they snap easily and before the beans can be seen through the pod. By picking regularly you can crop beans plants continually until September.
The beans inside ‘flageolet beans’ are also delicious so if I do miss any of the pods, I shell and cook the beans like peas.
You can dry them for using in stews later.
Note: Do not eat the pods raw, as beans contain harmful toxins (lectins). Cooking in boiling water inactivates lectins.