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.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Genus Phaseolus
Group/Species vulgaris
Variety Speedy
Type Edible Crop
Common Name French Bean, Dwarf French Bean
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 15cm (6in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Soak seed for half an hour before sowing in succession under cover (ideally in Rootrainers) from mid-April, for planting out from May when seedlings reach 5cm (2in) tall. Direct sow outside, mid-May to July, 5cm (2in) deep in blocks 15cm (6in) apart.
Care Tips Protect with fleece if the weather turns cold after planting. Keep plants well-watered, especially during dry spells, a mulch of compost or well-rotted manure will help the soil retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
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.

French bean Speedy

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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.