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Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' - Heritage

Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean

Half-hardy Annual

This highly decorative French Bean makes a fabulous talking point in the vegetable garden, or even in your flower borders. Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' is a T&M reintroduction from 30 years ago, and still as eye catching as ever. The unusual marbled pods are particularly early to mature in July and continue to set pods throughout the summer. These tasty beans turn green when cooked. 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
    • £2.29

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. Superb - give them a whirl!

    By Matthew Arthey 24-03-2015

    These are fantastic beans. Have grown them very successfully for the past 2 years. They can cope with mild neglect and still crop very heavily. Even won me first prize in the French Bean section of our village show! My 5yr daughter loves the fact they have lovely purple flowers and then the beans are stripey. The other big benefit of these zebra beans is that they don't go tough or stringy even when they appear to have 'gone over' and still taste beautiful. Am just about to order some more.

    Natalie
    25/03/15

    Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your wonderful comments. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. Disappointing

    By Mimi Palmer 25-09-2014

    I looked forward to these but the plants were slow to get going and never really took off like other beans and they were favoured by black fly to the point of distorting the bean pods. The crop was tiny so really not worth growing.

    Joe
    26/09/14

    Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your recent purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer care team on ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be happy to investigate this matter further.

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