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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 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 Oct 16, May (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
The bean plants themselves should survive in light shade, but they probably won't produce much without enough sunlight.
26 Jul 16, Lyn Morton (Australia - tropical climate)
My dwarf beans plant a month ago in soil bought from Bunnings have weak stems and the leaves are yellowing. Please help.
09 Aug 16, Ann-Marie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
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.
13 Apr 16, George Turner (USA - Zone 5a climate)
I am interested in planting dwarf bush beans in aquaponic beds in a green house. They need to be self pollinating and prunable to maximize production in as small an area as possible.
19 Mar 16, peggy (Australia - temperate climate)
my friend bought and planted dwarf beans. They flourished, looked good, but all the developing beans have fallen off. Why.
19 Jul 16, Andy (Australia - temperate climate)
Beans (and peas for that matter) have a habit of dropping immature pods if watering is inconsistent or inadequate. Thicker mulch layer with help retain soil moisture
07 Nov 15, John McKean (Australia - temperate climate)
My bush beans are struggling this year. They are in a raised bed 10m long. Half is broad beans and half is bush beans. The broad beans are flourishing but the bush beans are struggling to get out of the ground. About half didn't germinate and the leaves on many have been chewed by something. I have planted new seeds in the locations where the first planting didn't take. Many other vegies in my vegie garden are doing very well. Any tips?
27 Sep 15, AJ (Australia - temperate climate)
if you are in a temperate climate May will always produce brown leaves and beans plant beans in October we only get one crop in our climate, I will plant mine on the 1st quarter of the moon in October I only get one crop over summer and this is the time I plant and get bumper crop fingers crossed :), blanch and freeze for winter. AJ
17 Aug 15, William Barnett (Australia - temperate climate)
Hoi Just reading your issue with the beans sounds like you might have a problem similar to what I have had a few years ago my issue was a fungal disease called fusarium wilt possibly from sugar cane mulch used underneath grosse lisse tomatoes disease starts at the base leaves and works it way up the plant turning brown. I have continued to to solve the problem by laying newspaper and pea straw over the affected area and setting alight burn the area and digging the charred paper and straw remains into the soil laying
03 May 15, Lyn (Australia - temperate climate)
My bush beans are struggling this year. I have planted them in a different raised bed to last year. This latest crop has some of the beans looking more brown than green. They are still crispy but discoloured. Are they edible? I trim off leaves that look unhealthy and throw them in the bin. Should I persist with this crop for the good beans which I still get or dig them all up due to a disease problem? Thank you for your time. Lyn
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