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Growing Beans - dwarf, also French beans, Bush beans

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P                 P P P

(Best months for growing Beans - dwarf in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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
  • 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

25 Apr 20, Nameer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My French dwarf bean seedlings have light green to yellow coloured leaves, I thought they were looking anaemic, now theyve developed grey brown spots in all the leaves. They're in potting mix, I recently sprayed them with iron chelate, they get about 5 hours good sun daily. Any suggestions welcome thanks.
27 Apr 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live sub tropical Bundaberg and I find that the bean fly hits beans in the autumn, so I grow mine in the spring. I'm on the look out to find out what to put in the soil or on the plants to stop the bean fly.
21 Apr 20, Paul Tooley (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
we live next to sea in Auckland with no frost-will sprouted dwarf beans grow through May
22 Apr 20, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Go to the bean page and read when to plant beans in sub-tropical New Zealand. That is the main purpose of this web site, to find out when to plant and how to grow things.
11 Apr 20, Jo Rosen (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi does the frost kill dwarf beans. Wild ones are sprouting everywhere so transplanting. Am I wasting my time
12 Apr 20, Liz at Gardenate (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Yes, frost will kill your bean plants. If they are still producing beans, you could leave them until they die off then dig them in to help improve the soil.
24 Oct 19, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
I usually have no problems growing dwarf beans. However this year I am having all sorts of problems. The seeds come up but look anemic. Yellow some hole and eventually die. I have fertilized, sprayed. Perhaps it's something in the soil. Any guidance most appreciated.
27 Oct 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have a virus called tomato yellow leaf curl virus in my tomatoes. I read the other day it effects other crops, beans included. In tomatoes it is carried by silver leaf white fly. It stunts the plant and the leaves are small, curled and yellow. Could be that.
04 Feb 19, Srini (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Does Dwarf French beans die after 1 harvest. The plants had an excellent produce and seem to start dying (with yellowing leaves) after the first harvest.
05 Feb 19, mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Could be lack of water fertiliser and even end of growing season. I'm sub tropical and don't know temperate. You still have very hot days in summer - I don't grow in summer. Don't let the beans become too old before picking. I generally had 3 pickings in the spring.
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Could be lack of water fertiliser and even end of growing season. I'm sub tropical and don't know temperate. You still have very hot days in summer - I don't grow in summer. Don't let the beans become too old before picking. I generally had 3 pickings in the spring.

- mike

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