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 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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