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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

03 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Beans can be a little tricky to grow. When you go to plant the seeds wet the soil the day before. Then plant the seeds and don't water again for 3-4 days. Be careful with the watering until they germinate - hot and too wet will rot the seeds.
30 Oct 17, Ben (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I sowed the seeds back in August and they just started sprouting two weeks ago.
08 Oct 17, Liz (Australia - tropical climate)
Check the information here www.gardenate.com/plant/Beans%20-%20dwarf?zone=4
18 Oct 17, Geoff (Australia - tropical climate)
I was going by the planting guide on the back of the seed packet, which, north of approx Qld/NSW border, said planting all year round. That doesn't seem to be the case, I tried too many varieties of seed in separate beds on a number of different times. Would shadecloth make a difference, or just leave it to next year?
09 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It says last planting in July in Tropics. A few plants are a bit iffy to plant now. Over watering and heat and the seeds will just rot in the soil. Did a few up and see if they are rotten. Maybe try starting in shade. Sometimes it is a bit trial and error.
13 Aug 17, geoffrey (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
can I grow dwarf runner beans in pots and leave in my green house through out the growing season
13 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On this web page go to the top of the page on the leftish side and click "Set my climate zone" -select UK etc. Then click Vegetables above that. Read up about how to grow them. In the end it is have a go and see how it works out.
06 Apr 17, carol o'shea (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have done several plantings of dwarf beans this past summer - green, yellow and purple varieties. The returns have been poor to say the least - perhaps 6 beans per plant if I am lucky. What am I doing wrong, if anything? It has been my first season of gardening in Tauranga and I'm told the weather has been somewhat abnormal but even so I would expect better than this. They have been grown both in the open ground, in varying situations and in planter troughs, also in differing locations, i.e. facing in different directions. Any help would be appreciated.
27 Dec 18, Scott McMillan (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Carol, 1: Have the plants been getting plenty of hours of sunlight, ie not shaded by other plants and well spaced apart? 2: Do you water regularly early morning? 3: Did you pick the beans early to encourage further production? 4: Was the soil prepared at all or do you use compost, worm tea or the like? 5: Any pest problems? 6: Do you mulch? Hope this helps Regards Scott
11 Apr 17, Nik (New Zealand - temperate climate)
dont worry it wasnt you this has been the worst growing season I have ever had cold wet spring followed by cold wet spring followed by cold wet summer means plants took ages to get going or died off (happened twice!!) and then I had to start again this applied to everything except I got 8 large pumpkins instead of 1 the year before I live in "sunny" nelson so the rest of NZ had no hope !!! Consider this your 1 in 10 year disaster year also consider planting one of each in a corner somewhere and saving the pods ( pick them when dry and brown and dry) for next years seed, the different colours of bean should grow equally well though you can also get purple and yellow climbing beans but yellow is a bit miserable compared to bush yellow plants good luck
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