French Bean 'Cobra' Climbing

French Bean 'Cobra' is a wonderfully tender and stringless Climbing French bean with round, not flattened pods and excellent flavour. More
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French Bean 'Cobra' is a wonderfully tender and stringless Climbing French bean with round, not flattened pods and excellent flavour.

This is a must for anyone growing their own vegetables, as it is easy to grow and packed full of nutrients. It also is a very high yielding variety, producing from summer until the first frosts.

This variety has pretty pale lilac flowers. It grows well vertically, and is great eaten raw or cooked, and can be frozen, pickled or saved for use in the winter by drying.

Genus Phaseolus vulgaris
Variety Cobra
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Climbing French Bean, Green Bean
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 180cm (70in)
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 Pinch out the tops once the plant has grown to 6ft in height. Support with canes.
Storing Save the flageolet beans inside to dry and use in stews. These also freeze well.
Harvesting From July - October. Best picked often and before you can see the bean seed shape inside, at about 10-12cm in length. This variety produces for a longer period than dwarf varieties.
Cooking Notes 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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Reviewed 23rd July 2017 by Carmen Neumann

It does what it says on the tin. I was being patient this year and sowed/planted them out later, which was the best I could have done. Started harvesting last week and will get a good continuous crop by the looks of the upcoming flowers.

nice french beans

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Reviewed 9th January 2016 by Geordiestores

I have grown these on the allotment for the last 2 years and found them to be an all round excellent French bean. We did win first prize in the allotment show (French bean category) with these!

Very disappointing

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Reviewed 21st May 2015 by Diana Roxburgh

I am an experienced gardener and have always grown French beans successfully. But this was the first time I have tried a climbing variety. I planted some in individual pots in an unheated greenhouse on 10 April and some directly into the ground on 23 April. Out of the whole packet only three have germinated. I am now planning to buy some more but will not be trying Cobra again.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you Diana for your review. We would recommend that you soak the seeds for half an hour before planting out, and also not plant them directly until later in May – you may then see a higher rate of germination. If you continue to experience difficulties, please contact our Customer Service team, who will be more than happy to help."

Posted 16th June 2015

Prize Winning Beans!

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Reviewed 1st August 2014 by Ruth

I chose these for my first attempt at bean growing this year, and won first prize in the village show! They taste absolutely delicious, keep producing prolifically, and have had no trouble from pests or diseases. Highly recommended.