A striking and versatile bean, Dwarf Borlotti Beans can be grown as a green bean when young and tender, or dried for haricot beans. When mature beans have red flecks on a pale green background. The seeds are also very decorative and feature red streaks and spots on a creamy yellow background - excellent for drying. Plant Height: 50-60cm
Sow the Dwarf Borlotti bean seeds directly into dark/damp soils that have been well prepared with compost and/or aged manure. Sow in rows spaced 10-15cm apart.
Borlotti beans need warm soil conditions and will not germinate if it is too cold. Thin out or transplant to 30cm between plants. Hoe regularly to keep down weeds. Water well in dry periods and particularly when the flowers are forming. Pick regularly when still young to encourage continuous cropping right up until May.
Additional fertilsing not required as legumes produce their own nitrogen.
Sow in Spring to late Summer. Autumn too in warmer zones.
Ensure seeds are not sown too closely together and that each plant receives equal amount of sunlight. Climbing runners may result if the plant is stressed.
Spray flowers with water misting spray to assist with flower and pod set.
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