Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' - Heritage (National Trust)Phaseolus vulgarisFrench Bean, Green Bean

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.

£2.99

These packets are produced in association with the National Trust

Unusual marbled pods

Crops from as early as July

Makes an intruiging talking point

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Height Up to 180cm (70in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)

Half-hardy Annual

kitchen garden

full sun

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Description
Through sales generated from the National Trust seeds, a minimum of £7,500 will be given to the National Trust to help look after nature, beauty and history for everyone, forever.

Bring some old-fashioned flavour to your vegetable plot with this heritage Climbing Bean. Marbled pods develop early in the season, ready for picking from July onwards. With regular cropping they will continue to set throughout the summer. Once cooked, the beans turn green.

Climbing Bean 'Selma Zebra' is a particularly attractive variety that makes an intriguing talking point. Whether you grow it in the vegetable plot, or as an edible ornamental climber in your flower borders, it is undemanding, making a superb focal point. 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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1 packet (30 climbing bean seeds) (KA7441)

Sowing

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.

More Info

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.

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