Climbing Bean Blue Lake Seeds
Climbing Bean Blue Lake Seeds
Climbing Bean Blue Lake Seeds
Climbing Bean Blue Lake Seeds

Climbing Bean Blue Lake Seeds

A prolific, tasty bean with no strings attached!
  • A superb French type bean producing heavy crops of dark green, tasty pods.
  • An heirloom variety and long-time gardeners’ favourite.
  • Generally used as green beans but can be allowed to ripen and used as haricots.
  • Healthy and nutritious – a good source of vitamins A and C, and fibre.
  • Supplied as a pack of 100 (approx.) seeds ready to sow indoors or outdoors.

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Dating back to the late 19th century, this heirloom variety is justly popular for its flavour and its heavy crops of round, stringless pods. With consistently good results over a long cropping season, this prolific climbing French bean produces clusters of fleshy pods that have a superior texture and taste and are rich in vitamins and fibre.

As well as being easy to grow, ‘Blue Lake’ makes an attractive feature whether grown in the veg garden or nestled amongst herbaceous plants in your beds and borders. They look particularly good when grown up a trellis or ‘wigwam’ of canes, not least for their pretty white flowers. Plant them with sweet peas for a pleasing contrast of colours.

‘Blue Lake’ is generally grown as a green bean for cooking. In fact, they should not be eaten raw as they contain toxins that are destroyed in the cooking process. The pods are best picked young to increase yields, and steamed or boiled rapidly to make the best of their flavour and texture, as well as to retain the most nutrients. Inside the rich green pods are white seeds or beans, which can be harvested from pods that are left to mature for longer on the plant. They can then be dried and stored to be used as haricot beans in soups and stews.

This climbing bean will thrive in neutral, humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny position. Sow the seeds indoors from April to May to plant out May to June; or sow outdoors from May to July, directly where they are to crop. Harvest from July to October.

Supplied as a pack of 100 (approx.) seeds ready to sow indoors into individual pots or outdoors directly into their cropping position. Grows to 180cm height x 45cm spread.

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Item 700039 supplied as:

Supplied as a pack of 100 (approx.) seeds ready to sow indoors or outdoors.

Performance subject to growing conditions.
Origin UK.

Raw pods contain harmful toxins so they should be cooked before eating.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

  • Soak seeds for half an hour before sowing to encourage quick germination.
  • An early and late sowing will extend the harvest season.
  • In hot weather, mist the flowers with tepid water in the evening to help pods form.
  • Whole green beans are ideal for freezing. The white seeds inside the pods can be dried and stored for cooking as haricot beans.

Care Information

How to grow Climbing Bean

  • Sow indoors, April to May, for surest results, 2.5cm (1in) deep into individual pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out 25cm (10in) apart, when frosts are over. Allow 45cm (18in) between rows. Provide poles, netting or trellis for plants to climb.
  • Or sow outdoors, May to July, where they are to crop, 5cm (2in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil that has already been watered. Delay sowing if soil is cold or waterlogged. Sow 2 seeds together, 30cm (12in) between each position. Allow 45cm (18in) between rows. Thin to leave stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Provide poles, netting or trellis for plants to climb. Pinch out tops of plants once they reach 180cm (72ins).
  • Pick beans regularly to encourage further cropping.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
180 cm
45 cm
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