Climbing French Bean Blue Lake
Blue Lake can reach up to 1.5m in height. They produce pencil podded stringless pods of medium green containing pure white beans within, which can be used as haricot beans at the end of the season. Climbing varieties such as this one should be supported in the same way that you would if they were runner beans.
This family of beans is frost tender and cannot be sown until the weather has warmed up.
Pack size: 125 Seeds
WHEN TO SOW
May to July
WHERE TO SOW
Early sowings can be made underglass at a temperature of 16°C, sow 3 seeds per 8cm (3in) pot filled with seed sowing compost. Outside sowings can be made from May onwards into the growing site 5cm (2in) deep. Sow 2-3 seeds every 20cm (8in) apart with rows spaced 60cm (24in) apart.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Seedlings sown underglass should be gradually hardened off before planting outside in late May to the above spacing, once all risk of frost has past. Provide support by canes or netting for plants to climb. Water regularly during dry weather.
July to September
Pick regularly to encourage extended cropping. Not a good variety for indoor production.
A good source of vitamins A, K and folic acid.