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Dwarf Bean 'Opera'

Phaseolus vulgaris, French Bean, Green Bean, Bush Bean

Half-hardy Annual

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This early maturing Kenyan-type produces heavy crops of slim, dark green 10cm (4") stringless pods over a long cropping season. Dwarf Bean 'Opera' has an upright, open habit making the pods easy to spot when harvesting. With good resistance to Halo Blight, Bean Mosaic Virus, Anthracnose and Botrytis, this is the perfect choice for organic gardeners. Height: 45cm (18"). 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:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse
Flowering Period:
May, June, July, August, September
Sowing Months:
February, March, April, May, June, July
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (75 dwarf bean seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of August 2017
    • £2.99

Sow dwarf 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 5cm (2") 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 dwarf French 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 dwarf green 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 dwarf beans in rows that are 45cm (18") apart.

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 dwarf 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. Good Crop

    By Jonathan Fairhurst 19-08-2013

    Just harvested approx 1kg of beans from 40 plants, planted very close together.Beans are fine quality, with only brief cooking required. 3mins. Delighted with harvest and hope they will continue to flower. Better than last year, with a different variety, but could be down to the weather!

  2. small beans

    By Julie Jackson 06-10-2012

    Very small number of very small beans produced. Wish there were more as they tasted great

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