Pick Dwarf Bean 'Borlotto' when the mature pods turn a beautiful mottled red colour - the large beans can be dried as haricot beans for making soups and stews. This pretty bean can also be harvested when young and eaten as a green bean. A versatile and attractive dwarf bean that is so compact it can even be grown in containers and window boxes. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Companion planting: Try growing French beans with Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.
Patio, Kitchen Garden
Up to 45cm (17.7in)
Up to 30cm (11.8in)
Easy for all
Easy for all
1 Packet (75 Dwarf Bean Seeds) (TM00101)
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.
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.
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Beans with a different use 2012-05-01
After taking possession of a second plot on the allotments these beans were sown in the ground when everybody else’s beans were already cropping and they didn’t seem to make much growth, but the small plants simply dripped with beans. Having already got many purple, dwarf, beans cropping well, I left Borlotto on the plants to over develop in the hopes that I could dry them to use as dried Haricot type beans in the winter when there were no fresh beans to pick. Even with such a wet autumn, and many of the pods partly drying and then going black from the wet conditions, most of the big fat beans inside were fine and I still ended up with a useful crop for winter stews.