Climbing French Beans .

Hi Everybody.

I have decided to grow climbing French beans for the first time this year and I would like someone to  tell me how they grow .Are they like Runner Beans and wind round the canes or do they need netting to scramble up . Ideally I would like to grow them up a wigwam arrangement .

Many thanks to all who answerimage



  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,207

    Hi Terry, grow them just like runner beans. I've grown Cobra and Purple Cascade, both good croppers. I normally grow half a row of runners and half a row of climbing french beans along the same trench, they'll be fine in wigwams too.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 3,945

    A bamboo cane wigwam will be fine Terry. The stems twine around, sounds similar to your beans (never grown runner beans myself).

    I tried growing French beans "blue lake" last year, but didn't have a great crop. They like warmth and sunshine, a little lacking here in Manchester image

    I read to plant two seeds at the base of each cane. I started mine indoors at the end of April and planted out in May.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,098

    Last year my runner beans were a complete failure and I planted climbing french beans up the wigwam* instead ...  A big success! image 

    *or as some of the more pedantic of us will point out, strictly speaking it's a teepee - an indigenous American's wigwam is a domed structure covered with animal hides image 

    But I think in the UK beans will continue to climb up wigwams image

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 3,945

    Dove, I grew mine up an obelisk I had going spare from a transplanted clematis, which I moved following advice from Obelixx imageimage

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 2,102

    Runners like warm wet weather, french beans like hot sunny weather. So I plant some of each and one or other usually does well. On their wigwams image

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,625

    Same here raisingirl, one or the other usually does ok if the weather doesn't suit one of them.  Like scroggin, I do half and half outdoors and usually grow some borlotti beans in the polytunnel too which almost guarantees some beans, whatever the weather decides to throw at us! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 699

    I grow climbing French beans up a pair of wigwams with a cane running horizontally across the top. They climb up without much encouragement, as soon as they touch the cane. I have settled for Cobra, which crops well, and I save the seed from year to year.

    Looking at my notes from previous years, I would advise holding back and sowing them quite late. I start mine indoors,  in modules, but I'm not even going to start them until May, aiming to put them out towards the end of the month.

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Never had much success with climbing French Beans for some reason. Runners do well so not sure what I'm doing wrong. Last year we did have a very good crop of dwarf beans (Delinel from DT Brown) grown in large pots (Morrisons flower buckets 10/£1, recommended on here I think).

  • ninnin Posts: 186

    I normally grow runners and climbing french beans; I like colour so always grow some red and some white flowered runners;  some purple, some yellow and some green fruiting climbing beans. I find the yellow varieties of climbing beans always out perform the purple and green.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 526

    I'm growing 'Blauhilde', which I noted was highlighted by Monty Don this week on the t.v...

    I only need a couple of plants to grow up obelisks with roses and clematis, for decorative cottage garden effect... might not eat many...  they're certainly erratic regards germination..

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