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How to grow climbing french beans

How to grow climbing french beans

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Climbing french beans are a tasty addition to any vegetable garden. They grow long vines and produce long pods filled with small, sweet seeds that can be eaten like snap peas. Climbing french beans are easy to grow and don't require much attention once established.

Know your climate

Climbing French beans are a versatile vegetable, and they can grow in most climates. However, you need to know your climate before planting them.

The following information will help you determine whether climbing French beans are suitable for your area:

Temperature range: Climbing French bean plants grow well in temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15-27°C). They may not thrive if the temperature fluctuates much above this range either way.

Rainfall: Climbing French beans need about 10 inches of rain per month during growing season (December through May). If rainfall is below 7 inches per month, irrigate regularly with at least 1 inch of water every two weeks.

Pick a suitable variety

When choosing a variety of climbing french beans, it's important to consider the following:

  • Is the variety suitable for your climate? Climbing french beans require warm temperatures and a long growing season; if you live in an area with cool summers, or you're unable to grow them from seedlings indoors, you may need to choose a shorter-season variety.

  • Are they suited for your growing conditions? Some varieties taste better than others, so if flavor is important to you, make sure that the variety of climbing bean matches up with what you're looking for.

  • Can they be grown successfully in the space available? As with any crop, there are limits on how much space can be devoted to growing plants at one time (or even how many types of plants at once). Making sure that there's enough space available is key before planting anything!

Space plants properly

Before you buy any climbing beans, make sure you have enough space to grow them. As a rule of thumb, the distance between plants should be no more than twice the height of your growing medium (i.e., if you’re using 3-inch pots, plant each plant at least 6 inches apart). If you don’t have enough room for tall climbers like this in your garden or on your balcony, consider using bush varieties instead.

Remember: Plants that are too close together will produce smaller yields—and as we all know from French cuisine and rap battles alike, small yields aren't what we're going for here!

Ensure correct soil drainage

Before planting, make sure the soil drainage is correct. This can be achieved by planting in raised beds, or by terracing the land.

Keep your beans well watered but not soggy. The soil should always feel moist but never saturated or waterlogged. Check it regularly for moisture content, especially after heavy rains or after watering.

Temperature control

Temperature control is a must if you want your beans to grow. You’ll have to protect them from frost in the early spring and summer, and keep them cool in the autumn if you want to produce a good harvest.

Water appropriately

When it comes to watering, you want to be sure that your beans get just the right amount of water. If a plant is too dry, its roots will begin to rot and die; if it's too wet, root rot can also occur. Watering frequency depends on soil type and temperature, as well as rainfall.

The best time for watering is in the morning—this allows water from rain or other sources (such as runoff from sprinklers) to settle into the soil before it evaporates during hot daytime temperatures. A fine rose on your watering can will help you achieve this precision so that there’s no chance of over-watering or under-watering your plants (which can cause them to wither).

Harvest at the correct time

Harvesting your climbing beans at the right time is important. If you harvest too early, they'll be small and flavourless. If you wait too long, they may become tough and stringy.

The best time to harvest climbing beans is when they have just produced their first flower but before the seeds have fully formed inside the pod (this will save them from becoming stringy).


I hope this article has given you a good starting point for growing climbing beans. It’s not difficult, but it does take some attention to detail to get the best results. The most important thing is to research the variety of bean that you want to grow, and make sure that it suits your climate and soil conditions before planting them.