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Growing Beans - dwarf, also French beans, Bush beans

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(Best months for growing Beans - dwarf in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks. Pick often to encourage more flower production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry and cucumbers, tagates minuta (wild marigold)
  • Avoid growing close to: Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions) Sunflower
  • A dwarf bean seedling
    A dwarf bean seedling
  • Bush/Dwarf beans
    Bush/Dwarf beans

Traditionally sown in rows, dwarf beans also grow well 'broadcast' or scattered over an area. Just scatter the seed (don't worry about the odd ones which are close up). Cover with soil, potting mix, or compost and firm down with the back of a spade or rake. Grown this way the beans will mostly shade out competing weeds and 'self-mulch'.

Keep watered and watch for shield bugs and green caterpillars Pick the beans regularly to encourage new flowers. Flowering will slow right down if you let the beans get too large (hard and stringy) on the plants. For a continuous crop, plant more seed as soon as the previous planting starts to flower. Protect against snails and slugs - they will completely destroy newly sprouted beans, and will eat the leaves off grown plants.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beans - dwarf

Can be used in salads when young, blanched and cooled.
Will freeze well.

Your comments and tips

09 Oct 17, Maryann (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Why can't you plant dwarf beans by sunflowers?
19 Oct 17, Robyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there, I'm not sure if this answer helps but I have not long come back from spending the summer in Indianapolis with a friend. We canned ( bottled) lots of veges, she had three large pickings of her dwarf beans..and she had her sunflowers growing close to them.
08 Oct 17, Geoff Kachel (Australia - tropical climate)
I have planted three separate varieties of dwarf beans in the past month with zero success. I've been told this is the wrong time of year for these plants, but I'm curious, wouldn't the seeds still strike? Everything else I've planted is growing really well, yet the beans won't even come out of the ground.
08 Oct 17, Liz (Australia - tropical climate)
Check the information here www.gardenate.com/plant/Beans%20-%20dwarf?zone=4
18 Oct 17, Geoff (Australia - tropical climate)
I was going by the planting guide on the back of the seed packet, which, north of approx Qld/NSW border, said planting all year round. That doesn't seem to be the case, I tried too many varieties of seed in separate beds on a number of different times. Would shadecloth make a difference, or just leave it to next year?
09 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It says last planting in July in Tropics. A few plants are a bit iffy to plant now. Over watering and heat and the seeds will just rot in the soil. Did a few up and see if they are rotten. Maybe try starting in shade. Sometimes it is a bit trial and error.
13 Aug 17, geoffrey (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
can I grow dwarf runner beans in pots and leave in my green house through out the growing season
13 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On this web page go to the top of the page on the leftish side and click "Set my climate zone" -select UK etc. Then click Vegetables above that. Read up about how to grow them. In the end it is have a go and see how it works out.
06 Apr 17, carol o'shea (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have done several plantings of dwarf beans this past summer - green, yellow and purple varieties. The returns have been poor to say the least - perhaps 6 beans per plant if I am lucky. What am I doing wrong, if anything? It has been my first season of gardening in Tauranga and I'm told the weather has been somewhat abnormal but even so I would expect better than this. They have been grown both in the open ground, in varying situations and in planter troughs, also in differing locations, i.e. facing in different directions. Any help would be appreciated.
11 Apr 17, Nik (New Zealand - temperate climate)
dont worry it wasnt you this has been the worst growing season I have ever had cold wet spring followed by cold wet spring followed by cold wet summer means plants took ages to get going or died off (happened twice!!) and then I had to start again this applied to everything except I got 8 large pumpkins instead of 1 the year before I live in "sunny" nelson so the rest of NZ had no hope !!! Consider this your 1 in 10 year disaster year also consider planting one of each in a corner somewhere and saving the pods ( pick them when dry and brown and dry) for next years seed, the different colours of bean should grow equally well though you can also get purple and yellow climbing beans but yellow is a bit miserable compared to bush yellow plants good luck
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Question please :- Can I grow my dwarf beans in 12" tubs ? and how high do they grow ? or have I got to plant them along with my runner beans on canes ? Thanks

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