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 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 6 inches 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

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.
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.
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Hi nice to be on board , could you tell me if to late to put in some more snake beans , thank you Regards Teresa .

- Teresa Manwaring

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