Borlotti Bean 'Lingua de Fuoco 2'

'Lingua de Fuoco 2' is a borlotti bean that is perfectly suited to our cooler climate. Eat the pods small and tender or allow them to reach full size and eat the beans inside. More
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'Lingua de Fuoco 2' is a borlotti bean that is perfectly suited to our cooler climate. Eat the pods small and tender or allow them to reach full size and eat the beans inside.

They're delicious in soup, or as a borlotti bean ratatouille with lots of fresh coriander and flakes of Parmesan. On a line of canes, it will climb to about 2 metres and makes one of the most ornamental vegetables you can grow.

Genus Phaseolus vulgaris
Variety Lingua de Fuoco 2
Type Half-hardy Annual Climber, Half-Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Borlotti Bean, Climbing Borlotti Bean, Tongue of Fire
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 2m (6.5ft)
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 mid-March or direct sow outside (5cm deep) after the last frosts from mid May to June.
Care Tips Good disease resistance. Cut down to the ground when finished cropping - leaving the roots to enrich the soil.
Harvesting August - October. May be eaten as green pods but mainly grown for their delicious beans inside.
Cooking Notes Ideal for freezing. The fresh beans taste wonderful.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
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