Half Hardy Annual
Description – A traditional, popular and reliable variety producing an abundant crop of 30cm (12in) straight, slender pods over a long season if picked regularly. Red flowered.
Sowing – Sow seed, 5cm (2in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays of good, free-draining, seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and keep at 18-20C (64-68F) until after germination which takes 7-10 days.
Growing – Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 7-10 days before planting out after risk of frost, against canes or netting. Hoe regularly and keep well watered. Mulch during dry periods and give a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed, sow 15cm (6in) apart, 5cm (2in) deep and in rows 45cm (18in) apart.
Harvest – August to October