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Growing Beans - dwarf, also French beans, Bush beans

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(Best months for growing Beans - dwarf in Australia - tropical 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

13 Feb 18, Teresa Manwaring (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi nice to be on board , could you tell me if to late to put in some more snake beans , thank you Regards Teresa .
16 Feb 18, Darren (Australia - arid climate)
If you click on the "Planting now" tab at the top, it will show you what can be planted for your chosen climate each month. For sub-tropical, you can plant both dwarf and climbing beans.
19 Nov 17, nathan ayienda (Australia - temperate climate)
I need samantha french bean seeds from usa
20 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You probably can't import seeds from overseas for disease reasons.
22 Nov 17, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
It seems you can in fact import Phaseolus spp. (excluding P. trilobus) — Grown in the United States of America — Certified seed sourced from California, Idaho or Washington into Australia. You must complete an application for Seeds for sowing. You can find import conditions for all types of things using the BICON database located here https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ Good luck :)
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.
03 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Beans can be a little tricky to grow. When you go to plant the seeds wet the soil the day before. Then plant the seeds and don't water again for 3-4 days. Be careful with the watering until they germinate - hot and too wet will rot the seeds.
30 Oct 17, Ben (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I sowed the seeds back in August and they just started sprouting two weeks ago.
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?
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