Dwarf French Bean 'Tendergreen' Seeds | Phaseolus Vulgaris | By Mr Fothergills

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Dwarf French Bean 'Tendergreen' Seeds | Phaseolus Vulgaris | By Mr Fothergills
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Dwarf French Bean 'Tendergreen' Seeds | Phaseolus Vulgaris | By Mr Fothergills

Dwarf French Bean "Tendergreen" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Also known as the "ground bean", our phaseolus vulgaris Dwarf French Bean "Tendergreen" seeds produce heavy crops of tasty, succulent, almost stringless beans. The pale green pods often have distinct purple markings that disappear when cooked. These versatile beans can be served alone as a vegetable, or cooked into a variety of dishes, including stir fries, soups, and stews, and are an excellent source of folate, iron, and magnesium. The compact, bushy plants are perfect for those who don't want the hassle of supporting tall climbing beans.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 125
Sow IndoorsApril - July
Sow Outdoors April - July
Location Full Sun
Harvest Time June - October
Hardiness Half-Hardy Annual


Great Taste
High Yields
Optional Extras
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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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.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • 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.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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