Climbing French Bean
- Staff Favorite
- Excellent for fresh eating
- Snap bean
- Stringless pods
- Lilac flowers
- Pole habit
- 65-75 days
- ± 800 seeds/lb
The beans of this historic variety are excellent for fresh eating—especially when picked young and tender—and its vines bear beautiful lilac flowers. Sweet, stringless, and flavorful off the vine (kids love them!), the snappy, green 4-7" pods cradle shiny, dark-purple seeds when mature. Ever popular, it was once the most widely grown French climbing bean in England, according to The Beans of New York (1931). Pole habit, snap, 65-75 days. ± 800 seeds/lb.
Learn to Grow Climbing French Bean
Direct Seed: 2" Apart
Seed Depth: 1"
Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing
Light: Full Sun
Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Harvest frequently for increased yields.
Ratings & Reviews
definitely not stringless
I live on an island in Eastern Caribbean. I planted these beans in an Earthbox and unless you pick these beans when they are very very small these are the most stringy and fibrous beans that I have ever had. They have a fibrous tough string the length of the bean on both sides and even the pod becomes inedible and fibrous long before they get dry or overly large.
no beans as of August 6, 2020
by Nancy B
So far, no beans. Just lots of bean leaves growing. Not climbing. No flowers. Planted 10 seeds.
I only grew this once in 2019, but I was baffled by this bean. I don't know how soon you need to pick them, but the pods got very tough (inedible) and extremely stringy sort of like how a runner bean gets (Phaseolus coccineus). Were very slow to get going too.
Bean - Climbing French
I didn't plant until mid-May in Zone 6. Lots of vines, but they need help climbing. They just started producing beans in mid-August. Might have been a delayed start, but they look to more than make up for the delay.
Slow to start, needs help climbing, beautiful blooms, most stringy/fibrous bean I’ve ever grown.
NO BEAN PRODUCTION!!!
Planted first week in June ..... climbed great but as of September 1st, has not produced one bean!!! Started flowering the first or second week in August, but no fruit! SSE needs to remove this bean from their inventory! It deserves NO STARS!