Climbing French Bean 'Blue Lake' Seeds | Phaseolus Vulgaris | By Mr Fothergills
Climbing French Bean "Blue Lake" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's
Our phaseolus vulgaris Climbing French Bean "Blue Lake" seeds produce a fantastic climbing bean. Popular for their heavy crops and great taste of the tender, stringless beans, these plants also produce very pretty white flowers. The beans can be served on their own as a vegetable, or used in stir fries, soups, and stews. The dried beans can also be used as haricots
|No. Seeds Per Pack||100|
|Sow Indoors||April - July|
|Sow Outdoors||April - July|
|Harvest Time||July - October|
- F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
- Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
- Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated
As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.
Annual, Biennial and Perennial
Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.
Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender
Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.
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French beans are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:
- Hardiness: this species is half-hardy and needs protection from frost.
- Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in pots 20-23cm (8-9in) deep or larger.
- Position: place in full sun for best results.
- Soil Types: sow in well-cultivated, fertile soil.
Germination Requirements: will germinate from 8-10°C, but between 16-30°C is ideal.
Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep and 5cm (2in) apart.
Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep spaced 15cm (6in) apart.
Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, dig in compost or well-rotted manure during autumn/ winter.
Thinning: thin when plants are around 10cm (4in) high.
Pest Control: use an organic slug bait or beer trap to protect from slugs; remove aphids with a natural insecticide or strong jet of water.
Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly during dry periods.
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|Common Name||French Bean|
|Harvest Month||July, August, September, October|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Supplied As||Seed Packet|
|Shop By Category||Vegetable Plants|