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Climbing Bean 'Monte Cristo'

Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean

Half-hardy Annual

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  • High-yielding variety
New breeding has produced this tasty French bean which crops heavily over a long picking season. The tender, bright green pods grow up to 25cm (10") in length, remaining stringless and crisp even if harvesting is delayed for a few days. Early to crop, Climbing Bean 'Monte Cristo' is an essential addition to the vegetable plot. 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 (40 climbing bean seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.99

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.

Despatch: Within 24 hours applies to orders placed online from Sunday to Thursday. Orders placed online on Friday or Saturday will be despatched on Monday. Please note that for Bank Holiday weekends, orders placed Friday to Sunday will be despatched on Tuesday.

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.


Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

Reviews
  1. Oops

    By Mimi Palmer 01-09-2015

    I have no idea what went wrong with these. I sowed them indoors at the same time as my runner beans and, nothing. I waited several weeks and tried again. Nothing. I sowed some more direct into the ground. Nothing. Eventually, from one of the indoor sown batches, half a dozen pathetic little sprouts popped up. Then all but two of them stopped growing and died. I planted out the two remaining little runts and they've managed to make it half way up a 5ft cane and produced 4 beans between them.

    Ryan
    02-09-15

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer Care Department at ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you.

  2. Yum

    By Ellen Kunec 23-08-2014

    I've grown these head to head with Cobra this year 2014. They are later yielding than Cobra but these are vigorous prolific plants with tasty beans and, amazingly, not stringy at all, even if you pick them very late. A good combo with Cobra if you can never manage to do enough succession sowing. These have now made it on to my "always grow, every year" list. Recommended

    Natalie
    26/08/14

    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

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