Climbing Bean- Blue Lake 100g

Phaseolus vulgaris

BULK seed, 100g

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  • Climbing
  • Green stringless pods to 15cm
  • Heavy bearing
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'Climbing Bean- Blue Lake' seeds

Phaseolus vulgaris

  • Climbing
  • Green stringless pods to 15cm
  • Heavy bearing

Climbing bean. Green, rounded, stringless pods growing to 15cm. Excellent flavour. Pods stay tender when mature. Heavy bearing.

Seeds per gram: 4
Product code: X-009-P

Best Months to Sow
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 20mm
Season Spring(or after frost) and early summer
Germination 7-14 days @ 18-26°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost tender
Row Spacing 100cm
Plant Spacing 15cm
Position Full sun, well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 65-75 days

*Notes: Plants need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions. Pick regularly to encourage more growth.

How To Grow

How to Grow Beans from Seed

Family: Fabaceae
Binomial name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Life Cycle: Annual

Bean varieties can be classified by whether they grow as bushes or vines. In this guide, bean plants are classified as bush (non-climbing) or climbing. Bush beans, also known as dwarf beans, grow as bushes; staking them is optional. Climbing beans grow as vines and need a trellis, tripod or stakes to support their growth.

Bean pods can be eaten fresh or the seeds can be dried and stored for later use. For both uses bean plants are grown in the same way but pods are harvested at different times. Grow a variety suited to how you wish to use the harvest. 

Some other plants are known as 'beans' but are different species botanically. This guide is still relevant as these plants are grown in the same way as beans. 

When to Sow Bean Seeds

Bean is a warm season crop. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow bean seeds in your climate.

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid

Preparation

Bean plants are best grown in full sun. Choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Bean plants need a well drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to loosen it and adding aged animal manure or compost. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

How to Sow Bean Seeds

Bean seeds do not require any treatment (eg soaking, stratification) before sowing.

Bean seeds grow best when they are sown directly into the garden.

  1. Sow seeds directly in the garden 20mm deep and 15cm apart, with rows 100cm apart.
  2. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  3. Seeds should germinate in around 7-14 days at a soil temperature of 18-26°C.
  4. Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Bean is a tender crop that’s sensitive to frost. Do not transplant seedlings or sow seeds outside until all danger of frost has passed.

How to Grow Bean

Bean plants may need watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. In poor soil or to give your plants an extra boost, application of a balanced fertiliser or one formulated for fruit and vegetables can be beneficial:

  • Apply slow release fertiliser at the recommended rate when transplanting or when seedlings are 5-10cm tall.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser at the recommended rate and frequency while plants are fruiting or flowering.

Climbing only - Plants need to be staked for support. Use a sturdy stake or grow plants up a trellis or tripod. As plants grow, tie stems gently to the support using twine or plant ties. Make sure you have the support in place when you sow seed or transplant seedlings to avoid disturbing the plant’s roots later.

How to Harvest Beans

Beans should be ready to harvest in approximately 65-75 days.

To eat fresh, bean pods are ready to harvest when they are firm to touch and large enough to eat. Harvest pods by cutting with snips/secateurs. Harvest regularly to encourage more fruit. For short term storage, harvested bean pods can be kept in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. For long term storage pods can be frozen or canned.

For dried beans, leave the pods on the plants until they have dried and the pods are starting to split open. Harvest pods by cutting them from the plant with snips/secateurs. Spread the pods in a single layer on a tray or wire rack for two weeks to make sure they are completely dry. Remove the seeds from the pods and store them in an air-tight container. Optional: put a tablespoon of rice, a paper towel or a silicone pouch in the container to absorb moisture. 

Common Problems when Growing Beans

Like all plants, bean is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing bean plants:

  • Aphids
    Aphids are small (2-4mm long) sap-sucking insects that congregate on the new shoots or the undersides of leaves. They can cause leaves to wilt or become discoloured, and also excrete honeydew which can attract ants and other insect pests. To manage aphids, remove them by spraying with a garden hose, apply a soap or alcohol spray, or encourage predatory insects to your garden. Read more about aphids here.
  • Tough pods, peas or beans is usually caused by harvesting the pods when they are too large. Harvest pods when they are firm and large enough to eat but still young and tender; harvesting pods while they are small will also encourage the production of more pods resulting in a larger harvest.
  • Worms eating fruit
    Armyworms, cutworms and other caterpillars can all eat the inside of fruit, making it inedible. Young caterpillars burrow into soft fruit, leaving just a small telltale hole on the fruit’s skin. Monitor fruit and remove any caterpillars you see. If necessary use insect exclusion netting or fruit bags to physically protect the fruit, or spray with Dipel.
  • bacterial leaf spot
    Bacterial leaf spot is a disease that causes irregularly shaped brown spots on all above-ground parts of a plant. The spots at first appear to be wet but become dry and scab-like over time. Leaves and flowers can fall prematurely. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), dispose of fallen leaves and fruit and practice crop rotation.
  • cutworm
    Cutworms are moth larvae that live in the soil, emerging at night to feed. The caterpillars are 3-4cm long and white, grey or brown in colour. They can chew through the stems of tender seedlings, felling them at ground level. Remove cutworms by hand at night or use cardboard collars to protect the stems of seedlings.
  • Downy Mildew
    Downy mildew is a fungal disease that causes yellow to grey-brown patches on leaves, especially the undersides. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), remove and destroy affected leaves and do not overcrowd plants to ensure adequate air flow. If problems persist, spray with a homemade milk spray or fungicide.
  • Frost damage
    Frost damage can cause leaves to wilt and go black. Do not plant seedlings in the garden until all danger of frost has passed in spring, and harvest plants before winter. Prune all frost-damaged leaves to avoid them rotting on the plant.
  • Animal eating fruit
    Possums, birds and other animals can ruin a large percentage of your harvest overnight. Physically exclude pests by using netting or cages, or try spraying plants with a pungent homemade spray made from garlic, fish oil or mustard.
  • Rust fungus
    Rust (Puccinia sp.) is a fungal disease that causes brown to orange raised spots or patches to appear on foliage. Fungal spores are spread by wind or water to neighbouring plants, especially in temperatures of 10-20C and when humidity is high. To manage rust, space plants to avoid overcrowding, grow them in the recommended amount of light (eg full sun), do not over fertilise crops, remove dead plants and practice crop rotation. Read more about rust fungus here.
  • Powdery Mildew
    Powdery mildew is caused by fungal spores reproducing on the leaves of plants. First showing as white spots on leaves, affected areas areas can spread quickly to cover the entire leaf surface. While rarely fatal, powdery mildew can reduce yields. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves) to prevent spreading spores, allow good air flow between plants, remove affected leaves and if necessary spray with an appropriate fungicide or homemade spray. Read more here about powdery mildew here.
  • Spider mites
    Spider mites (Tetranychus urticae), also known as two spotted mites, are sap-sucking arachnids that cause dry, wilted or discoloured leaves. The undersides of leaves may feel dry and a little like fine sandpaper. Prune plants to allow good air flow or spray with eco-oil or wettable sulphur. Learn more about managing spider mites here.

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Ratings & Reviews

Grows super fast

Growing in autumn (couldnt wait for spring) in subtropics. Its still mid autumn but it grows pretty fast.
19 April 2019

An easy-to grow and productive bean.

Lovely flavour, robust and very productive.
6 July 2017