Beans (Borlotti) Growing Guide

Beans (Borlotti), also known as Dry Beans

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Average, well-drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

Can mix compost or an organic fertiliser into the soil before planting.

Companions

Celery, Sweetcorn, Potatoes and Rosemary.

Spacing

Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 20cm (7") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 5cm (2 in) deep and 8cm (3 in) apart in spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

The pods of many dry beans can be eaten as runner beans when very young.

Harvesting

Gather pods when they dry to tan. Allow the harvested beans to dry indoors for one to two weeks before storing in a cool, dry place. Most varieties produce all at once.

Troubleshooting

Pods that come into contact with soil are prone to rot. Mulch to prevent this problem.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Beans (Borlotti)

Plant Diseases which Affect Beans (Borlotti)