Dwarf French Bean 'Speedy'

French Bean 'Speedy' is a very early and late cropping green French bean. It's always worth having one delicious, tender green bean which you can sow really early for forcing inside and also sow and harvest late. More
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Hardier than most French beans, this is the best speedy one we've tried. It's quick to mature in 60 days. Sow in early spring and again in August, and it will crop to the end of October. Sow in succession before and after French Bean 'Masterpiece', for the middle season.

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Genus Phaseolus
Group/Species vulgaris
Variety Speedy
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name French Bean, Dwarf French Bean
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing Plant out seedlings (in late May) when they are 5cm tall, spacing them 25cm apart, against their support cane.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Soak seed for half an hour before sowing. Sow under cover from April or direct sow outside (5cm deep) after the last frosts from mid May to July.
Care Tips Water regularly, keep weed free and mulch well. This will need some support.
Storing Save the flageolet beans inside to dry and use in stews. These also freeze well.
Harvesting June - October. Pick little and often. Dwarf forms crop heavily for 4-6 weeks. Keep picking as often as you can - it is a cut-and-come-again variety.
Cooking Notes Do not eat the pods raw, as they contain harmful toxins. To cook, top and tail and place in boiling water, to cook until tender.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Dwarf French Bean 'Speedy' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Pam

Just started harvesting some yesterday so far so good!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sally-Ann

New to me, excellent variety.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Louise

Doing alright- prolific! Beans are good

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

Really disappointing- poor germination and leggy plants and not at all speedy .

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Pamela

as above, tried them in the veg plot on a well constructed bamboo teepee- nothing

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Michelle

They did not grow and were a waste of money sorry!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with your French bean seedlings and note that our Customer Services Team refunded you for them when they arrived in the spring."

Posted 7th November 2018

Lovely tasty beans

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Reviewed 27th August 2018 by Alan

I grew these this year and had a heavy crop from a spring sowing. Had some seeds left over so sowed again in July and they are now in flower (Aug) so looking forward to more beans in September! Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 25th September 2017 by Valerie Fahey

Planted mid July, about 20 plants and now end of September they are cropping fantastically. Runner beans are finished and now eating lots of French beans again.