French Bean 'Masterpiece'

French Bean 'Masterpiece' is my favourite of the dwarf green beans. A line of twelve or fifteen plants, will provide delicious, long, but thin, tender beans like the classic French filet bean for a meal two or three times a week. More
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French Bean 'Masterpiece' is my favourite of the dwarf green beans. A line of twelve or fifteen plants, will provide delicious, long, but thin, tender beans like the classic French filet bean for a meal two or three times a week. Sow, perhaps alternating with 'Speedy' in April and July for beans right through the summer and autumn.

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.

This variety has pretty white, pink or red flowers in the summer months, with a delicious scent.

Genus Phaseolus vulgaris
Variety Masterpiece
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name French Bean, Dwarf French Bean
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30-35cm (12-14in)
Spacing Plant out seedlings (in late May) when they are 5cm tall, spacing them 15cm apart in small blocks, grown this way they should not require staking as neighbouring plants will support one another.
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 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 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 'Masterpiece' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Annabel

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Ms E Vizard-Williams

These have produced beans in July and although some of the plants were very slow to come through from seed, the couple of stronger plants have produced a good supply of beans from such small plants - it is surprising!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

Very productive.good flavour.