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

01 Apr 17, Lynne Jones (Australia - temperate climate)
Growing Beans - over winter do not cover the soil with leaf matter where you are planning on growing your beans, this will encourage a breeding area for weevils, flea beetle, snails and slugs. Put out Yellow Sticky Traps at end or winter (late August) in the garden bed on a stick or on the fence close by to trap mite, thrip etc. Use potash & blood & bone in the bed prior to planting, check the pH if not done for 12 months. If you have a sandy soil use Dolomite for the magnesium. When plants have begun to flower use a side dressing of liquid manure or blood and bone to increase size of your crop. after 2 months put out fresh Yellow Sticky Traps. Water in the mornings.
25 Feb 17, Prakash Chandra (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Which is the last month for planting snake beans in nz sub-tropical.
06 Nov 16, Lynnette (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My dwarf banjo bean seedlings look like cucumber plants with roughish leaves is this correct. They don't look like what I thought beans should look like thank you
05 Nov 16, Barbara Hayes (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
This is the first time I have grown dwarf beans, they have started to die, they are going brown, then disappearing, I'm not sure if they are being eaten, I fed them when I planted them, & have get them watered, they are planted in a bed with beetroot, what can I do to save the rest of them With kind regards Barb Hayes
16 Dec 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably bean fly laying eggs just above the ground in the stem of the plant. The lave eat the inside of the plant stem - it just dies. I plant in the spring now not the autumn - problem solved.
29 Sep 16, Lynne (Australia - temperate climate)
My newly planted bush beans are being eaten by something I put pet friendly snail bait what do I do please. ?
30 Sep 16, Jim (Australia - temperate climate)
I have same problem and it was earwigs.Look for them at night.
23 Sep 16, Peter Oberthur (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What bush beans should I plant that will not get destroyed by bean fly/bug. Generally my beans get to the flowering stage then the stem is attacked and they all fall over - dead. I live in Brisbane.
19 May 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have the same problem - plant March April and they grow really good then the stem is eaten and they fall over shrivel up and die. I have read to put Boron in the soil. I also read to grow them in the spring. I also read to put toilet roll cardboard centers over the plant into the soil to stop snails etc. When I first moved into this house 18 years ago in late September I planted beans and had a fantastic crop. I'm waiting until late winter to plant and I'm putting some trace elements in my soil - contains some boron. Will see how that goes.
01 Sep 16, Tiny (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi, can dwarf beans grow in the the shade?
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Water with seaweed solution this week, next week gogo juice and continue for a few weeks. I would apply one or two applications of liquid calcium to the seedlings and soil also.

- Ann-Marie

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