Growing Beans - dwarf, also French beans, Bush beans

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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

Your comments and tips

27 Jul 18, debi riordan (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
When you say don't plant beans too close to garlic.... how close is too close? I have garlic growing in my raised garden bed and was going to plant yellow beans about 30cm from them. Is that too close?
11 Sep 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Probably 4-5' away min.
13 Feb 18, Teresa Manwaring (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi nice to be on board , could you tell me if to late to put in some more snake beans , thank you Regards Teresa .
16 Feb 18, Darren (Australia - arid climate)
If you click on the "Planting now" tab at the top, it will show you what can be planted for your chosen climate each month. For sub-tropical, you can plant both dwarf and climbing beans.
19 Nov 17, nathan ayienda (Australia - temperate climate)
I need samantha french bean seeds from usa
20 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You probably can't import seeds from overseas for disease reasons.
22 Nov 17, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
It seems you can in fact import Phaseolus spp. (excluding P. trilobus) — Grown in the United States of America — Certified seed sourced from California, Idaho or Washington into Australia. You must complete an application for Seeds for sowing. You can find import conditions for all types of things using the BICON database located here https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ Good luck :)
09 Oct 17, Maryann (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Why can't you plant dwarf beans by sunflowers?
19 Oct 17, Robyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there, I'm not sure if this answer helps but I have not long come back from spending the summer in Indianapolis with a friend. We canned ( bottled) lots of veges, she had three large pickings of her dwarf beans..and she had her sunflowers growing close to them.
08 Oct 17, Geoff Kachel (Australia - tropical climate)
I have planted three separate varieties of dwarf beans in the past month with zero success. I've been told this is the wrong time of year for these plants, but I'm curious, wouldn't the seeds still strike? Everything else I've planted is growing really well, yet the beans won't even come out of the ground.
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It seems you can in fact import Phaseolus spp. (excluding P. trilobus) — Grown in the United States of America — Certified seed sourced from California, Idaho or Washington into Australia. You must complete an application for Seeds for sowing. You can find import conditions for all types of things using the BICON database located here https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ Good luck :)

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