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Climbing French Bean Seed 'Blue Lake'

Image of  Climbing French Bean Blue Lake
Image of  Climbing French Bean Blue Lake
Image of Climbing French Bean Blue Lake
Image of Climbing French Bean Blue Lake

Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake'

  • A stringless variety of this popular bean.
  • Gorgeously sweet flavour either raw or cooked, and well suited for freezing or drying.

Supplied as a packet of approximately 115 seeds.

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Despite the fact that French Beans are sometimes known as String Beans, Blue Lake is actually stringless!

These defy any summer drought and remain sugar-sweet and tender when cooked; eaten raw they make a tasty and crunchy addition to summer salads. But their versatility doesn't end there as they are perfect for freezing - and any left at the end of the season can be dried and the pure white beans use as haricot beans!

Grow against a trellis or bean rack or up netting - interplant with peas or runner beans.

An excellent variety to grow in cold greenhouse or polytunnel.

  • For Growing In Rows
  • Sow April-early July, two seeds per station 4" (10 cm) apart in rows 30" (75 cm) apart. Sow in 2" (5 cm) deep drills.
  • Provide support for these to climb up to a height of around 6 - 8 feet (1.8 - 2.4 metres) using netting, a bamboo cane structure or similar.
  • For Climbing French Bean Teepees
  • Using a dustbin lid or similar as a template, drive into the ground six eight-foot canes and tie together at the top to produce a teepee effect.
  • Plant two seeds 2" (5 cm) deep at the foot of each cane.
  • Top Tips
  • These thrive in warm conditions and so are an ideal crop to grow under protection - greenhouse or polytunnel.
  • Whilst they will prove drought-tolerant, good watering from flowering time onwards will ensure maximum pod development.
  • Mulch around the stems in early summer.

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How To...

How To Grow Sweetcorn, Beans and Squashes Using The Three Sisters Method
Detailed advice on how to plant and grow Sweetcorn, Squashes and Beans using the Three Sisters method.

How to Sow & Grow Beans
Detailed advice on sowing and growing beans of all kinds outside and under protection. Includes information on watering and pest control.

How To Videos

How To Sow Climbing French Beans (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow climbing French beans.

Edible Classroom - Growing Beans (Video)
A video lesson plan on sowing and growing French Beans in jam jars. Can be undertaken with both French Beans, Runner Beans and Broad Beans.

Edible Classroom - Planting Beans (Video)
Paul explains how to plant the Beans the children have grown and the activities that can stem from this.

General Information

A Note About Our Seed Packets & Seed Counts
Information on Victoriana's method of packeting seed, including information on the seed packets. Also details on Victoriana's seed guarantee.

Magazine Articles

Get Your Kids Into Gardening
An article about encouraging children to garden written by Stephen Shirley that appeared in Grow Your Own magazine