Climbing French Bean ‘Blue Lake’
‘Blue Lake’ is a Climbing (or pole bean). They crop for longer than dwarf beans, happily twirling and clinging to supports, with very little attention. Both beautiful and productive, white flowers are followed by abundant, fine string-less beans.
How to Grow:
Start seeds undercover in April, 2 seeds per 9cm pot or 3 seeds in a slightly bigger 11cm/ 1L pots.
Seeds benefit from a bit of warmth to germinate (16-22°C is the ideal range). Keep seedlings frost free, plants can be damaged by cold.
Climbing bean ‘blue lake’ is also ideal for direct sowing after the last frost and worth doing as a second crop to extend the season.
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Variety: Phaseolus vulgaris
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring – Summer
Plant: Plant pots 25cm apart close to supports.
Height: 7ft (2.1m)
Seeds per packet: 50
Harvest: Grown for the pods rather than the actual beans. Pick while they are still young and thin. regular picking will encourage the plant to keep producing. A second summer sowing will extend the harvest of fresh pods into September.
You can leave pods at the end of the season to develop into beans for drying and using over the winter. Make sure you do not to eat these fully developed beans raw. Cook them in boiling water first to deactivate any possible toxins. The problem is mostly associated with kidney beans (we normally buy those precooked in cans) but its best to be on the safe side.