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French Bean Seeds - Neckargold

Botanical - Phaseolus vulgaris


Seed Count:
45 Seeds
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45 Seeds.

Other Names - Green Bean, Fine Beans, String Beans, Snap Beans, Climbing Beans…

A high yielding variety producing long yellow coloured beans. Neckergold beans are stringless, round and have a good sweet flavour with excellent disease resistance.

  • A yellow stringless bean variety.
  • Producing high yields of crispy long thin beans.
  • Resistant to bean mosaic virus.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - April - June

Harvest - July - September

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Amaranth is great for attracting the ground beetle. This predatory beetle eats slugs, snails, slug and snail eggs, caterpillars and weed seed.
  • Aphids are attracted to nasturtiums. Grow these flowers close by as a sacrificial plant. If there are aphids in the area the nasturtiums will help to draw the pests away from the crop.
  • Try growing sweet peas amongst the bean plants or grow separately but close by. These beautiful flowers will attract bees which will help to pollinate the bean flowers.
  • Calendula (Pot marigold) attracts predator insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who love to feast on aphids.
  • A great flower for attracting bees is Phacelia. It also attracts aphid eating insects such as ladybirds and lacewings. At the end of the season it can be dug into the soil as a green manure.

Soil Preperation

Add some good quality compost or well rotted manure a few months before sowing (the previous autumn is ideal). Add some general purpose organic fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing. Remove weeds from the area.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 35 cm
Position A sheltered position in full sun where the dense shade cast by the tall plants will not be a problem to neighbouring vegetation. Distance between rows 50 - 100 cm
Average height 160 - 250 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 40 cm Sowing distance between plants 35 cm
Hardiness Half hardy Distance between rows 50 - 100 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 2 / 4 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 15 to 25℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 1 bean seed 2cm deep in small pots or 4 cm modules in late April or May. As French beans struggle to grow in cold conditions ensure enough heat is introduced for germination. After 2 - 3 weeks plant out at the distance suggested above. The beans will need to be hardened off for 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock. If the weather is cold when planting out cover with horticultural fleece.

Direct Sowing

Do not sow too early as French beans will struggle to grow in cold soil. Sow 1 bean seed, 4cm deep, 35cm apart. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. If after sowing the weather turns cold cover the bed with horticultural fleece until the plants start to grow strong. Keep a look out for slugs and snails as French beans are very vulnerable to these pests at the early stages.
A second sowing in early July of a dwarf variety French bean will keep the kitchen in good supply until late September.

Growing On

Climbing varieties need a support to climb up. Traditionally, climbing French beans are sown in two parallel rows about 50 - 100 cm apart. Sink 20 - 25 cm of a 180 cm long bamboo cane or hazel stick into the ground 8 - 10 cm away from each plant. Angle the canes inwards so that the angled canes in both rows meet and pair up. Tie each pair together with gardening twine 20 - 25 cm from the top. This will create a good sized 'V'. Once every opposite pair have been tied together lay horizontal canes on top of the 'V' section. Tie the horizontal canes to the structure with gardening twine.
Other structures such as wigwams, trellises and archways can also be constructed. The plants may need some encouragement to start growing up its nearby cane. Water well especially in dry weather and weed often to reduce competing plants.


Start to harvest the beans when they are 8 - 10 cm long. The pod is ready to eat if it snaps easily when bent. Keep picking the beans every 2 - 3 days to prevent the pods maturing and becoming 'seedy'. The plants should keep producing pods for 5 - 10 weeks. If the pods are left to become 'seedy' they will not be pleasant to eat as they will be very stringy and tough.
However the seedy pods can be left to fully mature to produce dried beans (haricot beans). Simply leave the pods on the plant until they turn a light yellow colour. At the end of the season remove the whole plant and hang indoors for further drying. After a little while the pods will become brittle and some will start to split open. Shell the pods, place the beans on a sheet of paper for 4 - 7 days to dry some more. When dry the haricot beans can be stored in an air tight container.


French beans are very sensitive to cold temperatures. Avoid sowing too early. Even if they do germinate their growth will be very slow in cold weather making them vulnerable to slug attacks.

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