French Bean 'Blauhilde' Climbing

This French bean is one of the most versatile beans you can grow. Very prolific and long-cropping. More
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French Bean 'Blauhilde' Climbing is one of the most versatile beans you can grow. You can eat the purple beans tender and small or – if you miss some – they are then delicious shelled and eaten as flageolet beans with lamb and plenty of garlic.

French beans are almost always best on their own, in splendid isolation or mixed with other things. But, they need to be fresh – you can tell because they smell very clean and will snap in half sharply.

Very prolific and long-cropping.

Genus Phaseolus vulgaris
Variety Blauhilde
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Climbing French Bean, Green Bean
Border Position Back
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 180cm (6ft)
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 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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French Bean 'Blauhilde' Climbing reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Lianne

All good, put a few a bit early but easily put some new ones in there place. Germination easily and like the dark purple colour contrast well with my orange shed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Robin

Very weak growth a d so far no bean at all