French Bean 'Blue Lake' (Climbing)

French Bean 'Blue Lake' (Climbing) is a wonderfully prolific climbing bean, with a long, steady cropping pattern of tender and tasty green beans. More
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French Bean 'Blue Lake' (Climbing) is a wonderfully prolific climbing bean (210cm), with a long, steady cropping pattern of tender and tasty green beans. It the slowest of any bean I grow to get tough and stringy. Many people's favourite.

This also produces a very pretty white flower, that looks lovely in a little vase on the kitchen table with some bright sweet peas.

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.

Genus Phaseolus vulgaris
Variety Blue Lake
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Climbing French Bean, Green Bean
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 2.1m (7ft)
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 'Blue Lake' (Climbing) reviews

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Julia

Unbelievably fruitful and excellent bean quality(i am a chef). Will definitly order more next year.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Mary

very good but not perfect

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Diane

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Belinda

prolific but require a degree of supervision

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Reviewed 20th April 2018 by Christopher Smith

I would award 4.5 stars if this score were available. They germinate very well but, as the other review mentioned, not all the seedlings then made it into adulthood, if I may put it that way - but this could be for so many reasons (I can't reasonably blame the beans!): certainly, the weather in the north East Midlands was often difficult last summer. They cropped prolifically and are magnificent steamed for a few minutes.

Indeed prolific

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Reviewed 11th November 2016 by Julie North

These little beans stayed producing until late autumn and even though around 4 (out of 10) didn't prosper, a family of 4 ate well off the remainder until the end of the season. Very pleased.