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Climbing Bean 'Blauhilde'

Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean

Half-hardy Annual

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Enjoy delicious bunches of stringless, purple, fleshy pods picked straight from your garden. The colourful pods of Climbing French Bean 'Blauhilde' reach up to 27cm (11”) and can be picked continuously over a long period from July to October. This attractive and tasty variety also has good resistance to Bean Mosaic Virus so you can be sure of an excellent yield. Height: 180cm (70”). Spread: 30cm (12”).


Companion planting: Try growing French beans with Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September
Sowing Months:
April, May, June, July
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (75 climbing bean seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 3 days
    • £2.89

Sow climbing bean seeds indoors from mid April for transplanting later on, or direct sow outdoors from late May to July.


Indoors, sow bean seeds at a depth of 2cm (1") in 7.5cm (3") pots or trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 12-25C (54-77F) until germination, which takes 7-10 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Once germinated, grow on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and the climbing bean plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting French beans outdoors in rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun with protection from strong winds.



Alternatively direct sow French beans outdoors when the soil as warmed. Sow 2 bean seeds per station at a depth of 5cm (2") and a distance of 23cm (9") apart. Plant Climbing beans in rows that are 60cm (24") apart, or where space is limited, try growing climbing beans onto a wigwam structure. Climbing beans require support from garden canes, strings or netting which should be put in place at the time of planting.

When growing beans, hoe between plants often and water regularly. Provide a compost mulch around the base of bean plants to combat dry periods. For the best crops harvest beans regularly while the pods are still young.


Culinary note: Suitable for freezing. Caution: Cook climbing beans before eating to avoid discomfort.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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Reviews
  1. What a crop

    By Jenny Erby 29-09-2013

    We grew these in pots on our patio, 4 to 5 plants to a pot, growing up home made wigwams and they grew and grew, there were no flowers until they reached about 3 metres, then came the beans, sounds daft but the flowers must be small because you do not notice them but the quantity of beans has been enormous, we have been eating and freezing the beans regularly. Went on holiday, and returned to a huge crop but the best thing about this variety is even the larger beans were not stringy and still had a magnificent flavour. A variety to be recommended. We will be growing these next year.

  2. Brilliant beans!

    By Judith Thursby 23-09-2010

    Sowed these in 2009 in containers in my tiny back garden - extremely prolific to the extent that I was giving the beans away to neighbours as too many for me to eat. This year had to sow them very late due to having broken my wrist and elbow (on the same arm), so much so that the beans only started appearing in the last 10 days or so but have had several meals of them so far and expect to have a few more despite autumnal weather coming upon us. The beans seemed to appear quicker on the plants than the runner beans I also planted, which was good.

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