Flat, fleshy, stringless, golden yellow pods make Climbing Bean 'Goldfield' an attractive addition to the vegetable plot. The delicious, 25cm (10") long waxpods are early to mature and can be harvested throughout the summer. This colourful French Bean has excellent vigour and good resistance to Bean Mosaic Virus. Height: 180cm (70"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Companion planting: Try growing French beans with Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.
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.
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.
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Resistant to dry conditions 2012-05-01
Not having grown climbing beans before they were planted late and badly. The beans also had their tolerance to water shortage tested as the dry conditions at the time of planting and lack of water on the allotments made growing even more difficult for them, but I was delighted to find that they cropped well in spite of everything. Other people on the site thought that they were “Faulty as they had gone yellow,” but my mother was most impressed when they were cooked to see that they retained their colour unlike purple beans which turn plain green when cooked! Lots of fun on the plates at dinnertime!
Combining edible with ornamental 2011-09-13
Lovely flavour and texture and the attractive yellow colour is retained on cooking and contrasts nicely with green beans or other green veg. The flowers are white, opening with a pale purple tinge so very pretty and not so attractive to birds. These were ready to pick a few weeks before my runner beans but I think they need a net or strings as they are not so vigorous climbers up bamboo canes and the stems seem less flexible than runners. The beans start greenish yellow, ripening to true yellow so you know when they are ready and the colour also makes them easy to see for picking. Will definitely be growing this one again.