Half hardy Annual
Description – Delicious bunches of stringless, purple, round/oval fleshy pods up to 27cm (11in) in length over a long harvest period. Climbing Bean Blauhilde is attractive in vegetable and flower gardens, especially if mixed with yellow or Borlotto beans, or Sweet Peas. Common Bean Mosaic Virus resistant. Ornamental for both flower and vegetable gardens. refers well drained, moist, rich soil in a sunny situation.
Sowing – Sow mid April indoors or late April to July outdoors. Sow seed 4cm (1½in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays of good seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 18-21C (65-70F} until after germination which takes 7-10 days. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed sufficiently, sow 15cm (6in) apart, 4cm (1½in) deep.
Growing – Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all frost risk has passed. Grow as for Runner Beans and support with canes or netting. Hoe regularly and keep well watered especially when flowering. Mulch during dry
Harvest – July to October