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Bush beans   Climbing beans   Adzuki bean   Broad beans   Edamame   New Guinea bean   Tropical and Subtropical beans  
Phaseolus vulgaris, Phaseolus coccineus
Beans with the exception of Broad Beans are warm season crops and frost tender. Seeds germinate best at 18 - 25C; seed will rot in cold, wet soil and even if they do germinate the plants will lack vigour and be overtaken by a later sowing into a warmer soil. In temperate areas sow beans through spring and early summer. In cold temperate areas you may need to wait until late October, early November. In frost-free, subtropical areas beans can be sown all year but will suffer from pest (bean fly) and disease (rust) problems at the height of summer so avoid sowing in December and January. In tropical areas sow during the dry season April to August. In the tropics snake beans can be a better choice as they are more disease resistant. Other tropical beans include Madagascar Bean and Winged Bean. These tropical beans can be grown as far south as Brisbane but require a very warm soil to germinate so should not be sown before early summer.
Soil Type: Fertile, well drained, garden loam with a pH of 6.2 - 7.0
Germination period: 4 - 10 days
Planting depth: 2 - 4 cm deep
Position: Full sun; bush beans can have a strange reaction to insufficient sunlight or constant overcast weather, they can start to turn into climbers. All beans were originally climbers and may revert if conditions don't suit them, such as not enough sunlight.
Sow Where: Direct into garden bed
Row Spacing: Double rows 60 cm apart
Plant Spacing after thinning: 10 - 15 cm between plants
Details: Hill plants, up to 10 cm deep, to protect from wind damage. Water well once after sowing and then do not water again until seedlings appear.
Harvest: Pick daily, early in the morning for the best flavour
Bush or Dwarf Beans
Bush Bean 'Blue Lake'
'Blue Lake' is considered one of the best tasting bush beans; it has round green stringless pods which are tender and sweet. It is heavy bearing with pods 17 cm long; it does well in warm areas. Suited to freezing. Sow spring and summer. Days to harvest: 55 - 60.
SB106approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean Borlotti 'Red Rooster' UT
'Red Rooster' has attractive mottled red pods, 13cm long, with 6-7 dark maroon and white seeds when fresh, changing to maroon and tan when dried; it is disease resistant and productive. It is mainly grown for use as a dried bean but the fresh podded beans are delicious. Use dried beans in soups, stews, Mexican dishes and baked beans. Days to harvest: 60 - 70; harvest when the pods rattle, hang upside down undercover; thresh when fully dried; freezing for 2 weeks before storage will kill weevils.
SB274approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Cherokee Wax' UT
'Cherokee Wax' is a heritage bush butter bean, believed to have been in cultivation for many centuries. It is heavy bearing and rust resistant with a rich flavour. It produces nearly round, stringless, yellow pods, 13 - 15 cm long with black seeds. Days to harvest: 48 - 60.
SB239approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Dragon's Tongue' UT
A Dutch heirloom that is famous for its excellent flavour and striking appearance. The stringless, flat pods are pale yellow with purple streaks, 17.5 cm long with a crisp, juicy texture. The plants are compact and very productive. It can be used fresh or as a dried bean. Days to harvest: 55 - 65.
SB351approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Italian Romano' UT
A stringless bean with flat, medium-green pods 15 cm long with a meaty texture and excellent flavour. Beans hold well on the plant without becoming tough. Very disease resistant and productive.
Although these are bush beans, they can have a strange reaction to insufficient sunlight or constant overcast weather and start to turn into climbers. All beans were originally climbers and may revert if conditions don't suit them, such as not enough sunlight. Days to harvest: 53 - 58.
SB230approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Provider' UT
'Provider' is a bush bean, disease resistant and very productive. It has an upright growth habit; producing straight, tender, stringless, round pods, 17 cm long. This variety has the ability to germinate in cool soil so is a good choice for early spring sowing. Days to harvest: 50.
SB202approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Royal Burgundy' UT
'Royal Burgundy' is an open-pollinated bush bean, producing beautiful glossy, tender, stringless, round pods, 15 cm long. The delicious, violet-purple beans turn green when cooked. It is disease resistant and productive. Days to harvest: 52.
SB293approx. 45 seeds
Bush Bean 'Simba' UT
'Simba' is an open-pollinated, smooth, round, stringless variety; producing very dark green, fleshy beans 13-14 cm long with a great flavour. It is a heavy cropper and disease resistant to rust, summer death and halo blight. A major commercial variety, very suitable for farmer's markets. Days to harvest: 45 - 52.
SB205approx. 45 seeds
Climbing or Pole Beans
Bean Climbing 'Blue Lake' UT
'Climbing Blue Lake' is a stringless, round, tender, dark green bean 15 cm long with exceptional eating qualities; it also freezes well. It is very productive; generally climbing beans produce over a longer period than bush beans. 'Blue Lake' also copes well with summer heat. Days to harvest: 55 - 70.
SB252approx. 45 seeds
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Bean Climbing 'Giant of Stuttgart'
'Giant of Stuttgart' is a European heirloom bean with flat, stringless pods up to 30 cm long. It a vigorous and long producing bean, cropping over a 3 month period. It produces an abundance of tender, delicious, green beans. Simply one of the best beans to grow. Try to save some seed as it is often in short supply. Days to harvest: 70.
SB322approx. 20 seeds
Bean Climbing 'Lazy Housewife'
syn. 'Lazy Wife'
An heirloom bean introduced around 1810, it is believed these beans were so-named because they were the first beans to not require de-stringing! It has a great flavour and is very productive, bearing over a long period. The round, green pods grow 16 - 20 cm long with shiny white seeds. It can be used fresh or as a dried bean. Days to harvest: 75 - 80.
SB158approx. 20 seeds
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Bean Climbing 'Purple King' UT
'Purple King' produces dark purple pods, 18 cm long, which turn a deep, rich green when cooked. It has a long picking period and is heavy bearing with a great flavour. It copes well with summer heat. Days to harvest: 65.
SB282approx. 45 seeds
Bean Climbing 'Rattlesnake' UT
'Rattlesnake' is an excellent climbing bean with a long harvest. Pods are 18 cm long, green, streaked with purple, stringless when young, with a rich, full flavour. The pods can be eaten fresh or allowed to dry on the vines for a harvest of beige and brown speckled seeds that are delicious in soups. It copes well with heat. Days to harvest: 75 - 90.
SB353approx. 40 seeds
Bean Climbing 'Scarlet Runner' UT
Phaseolus coccineus
'Scarlet Runner' syn. 'Seven Year' bean is an heirloom variety with long, flat dark green pods with good eating qualities. An added attraction is the scarlet flowers. It can be treated as a perennial, shooting back from the rootstock every year. Best for cooler areas, it may fail to flower and bear well in warmer areas. Sow in temperate areas from spring to early summer. Days to harvest: 65.
SB150approx. 12 seeds
Bean Climbing 'Wonder of Venice'
syn. 'Marvel of Venice', 'Meraviglia di Venezia', 'Rheinegold'
'Wonder of Venice' is an heirloom romano variety bean believed to originate in Italy. The golden flat pods have an excellent flavour that is rich and buttery. It is hardy and productive, with continual flowering so it produces over a long period. If some pods are left on the vine to fully mature and dry out then the glossy black dried beans can also be harvested to use as a dried bean. Days to harvest: 80.
SB395approx. 20 seeds
What's in a name?
The beans commonly grown and sold in Australia can also be called French beans, green beans, snap beans, shell beans or runner beans.
Botanically they can be divided into 2 groups:
1. Phaseolus vulgaris
This group includes snap beans, string beans, French beans, kidney beans, flageolets, haricot vert, filet beans and romano beans. This is a very diverse group, with seeds in an amazing range of colours. There are both fresh and dried types and climbing and bush types.
2. Phaseolus coccineus
This group is commonly called Runner Beans syn. Case Knife Bean, the bean seeds are large and the flowers are pink or red. Most runner beans are climbing which is where the name 'runner' comes from and they are often perennial . It includes the cultivars Painted Lady, Sunset, Scarlet Runner syn. Seven Year Bean. They are best in cooler areas.

These beans can be further divided into bush (also called dwarf beans) or climbing beans (also called pole beans).

Adzuki Bean
Bean 'Adzuki' UT
Vigna angularis
Syn. Chinese red bean
Adzuki beans are small, red beans that originated in Japan. It is a warm season annual that grows to 60 cm tall. The beans have a sweet nutty flavour, are high in protein and are relatively easy to digest compared to other beans. It is popular in Asian cooking and macrobiotic diets. No soaking is required for the dried beans and the cooking time is relatively short. It does best from southern NSW (with irrigation) to SE Queensland. It can also be used as a green manure. It does best when it is sown in mid-summer so that the pods are maturing as the temperature starts to fall. Sow it from early December to January in southern NSW; late January to early February in SE Queensland. Days to harvest: 120 for dried beans harvest when pods turn yellow, before splitting occurs; young pods can be eaten fresh.
SB317approx. 45 seeds
Broad Beans
Broad Beans
Vicia faba
syn. Fava Bean, Faba Bean
Broad beans are annual cool season vegetables used either for the young, tender pods or a mature beans, fresh or dried. Also useful as a winter green manure. Sow late summer, autumn or winter depending on area, it germinates best at 15 - 25C soil temperature. It is most suitable for cool and warm temperate areas; it may fail to flower and bear well in the subtropics.
Soil Type: Fertile, well drained, garden loam with a pH of pH 6.5 - 7.5; lime if necessary.
Germination period: 8 - 14 days
Planting depth: 4 - 6 cm deep
Position: Full sun in a sheltered position.
Sow Where: Direct into garden bed
Row Spacing: 60 - 75 cm apart
Plant Spacing: 15 - 20 cm apart
Details: Water well once after sowing and then do not water again until seedlings appear.
Harvest: Pinch out the (edible) growing tip once a good crop of pods has set. Harvest the lowest pods first.

Broad Bean 'Aquadulce' UT
'Aquadulce' is an heirloom broad bean variety with a great flavour. It produces an early, prolific crop on tall plants, pods are 15 cm long. Days to harvest: 85 - 95.
SB258approx. 30 seeds
Broad Bean 'Coles Dwarf'
'Coles Dwarf' is short variety able to withstand more wind damage than other broad beans. It produces a prolific crop of gourmet beans with a great flavour. The pods are 13 cm long x 2.5 cm wide with 3 to 4 seeds each. The young pods can be harvested and eaten whole, or wait until the pods are full size and then shell the pods for the white seeds. Days to harvest: 70.
SB259approx. 30 seeds UT
SB383approx. 30 seeds
SB260 UT
SB261 UT
Broad Bean 'Crimson Flowered'
'Crimson Flowered' is a very decorative heirloom broad bean with medium sized upright pods. It produces a good crop of gourmet beans with a great flavour. The young, pale green pods can be harvested and eaten whole, or wait until the pods are full size and then shell the pods for the light green seeds. Suitable for containers or as an ornamental in the flower garden. Days to harvest: 85-95.
SB337approx. 10 seeds
Soybean 'Edamame' UT I
Glycine max
'Edamame' is a large-seeded type of soybean that is eaten as a green vegetable. It is both highly nutritious and a delicious taste treat. It is prepared by boiling or steaming the pods for 5-10 minutes, then cooling under running water. It is eaten by squeezing the seeds from the fibrous pods. The seeds can also be used as a dried bean, to make tofu, miso, soy flour and soymilk. It is an annual warm season legume, to 75 cm in height, that grows best in temperate and subtropical climates. Sow it from October to February from Sydney north to Brisbane and in southern QLD; sow it from September to March on the Atherton tableland and in the Bundaberg area; sow it from April to March in the Bowen area. This seed is unlikely to do well south of Sydney.

Soil Type: Rich, well drained, garden loam; keep soil moist once pods start to fill.
Germination period: 10 days; it germinates best at 20 - 25C soil temperature; do not over-water, seed rots easily.
Planting depth: 2.5 - 3 cm deep.
Position: Full sun; direct where it is to grow.
Row Spacing: 30 cm apart.
Plant Spacing: 30 cm between plants.
Days to harvest: 80 - 90; harvest when the seeds have reached full size and the pods are fat and bright green, before the pods yellow.

SS211approx. 50 seeds
Soybean as green manure
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New Guinea Bean
New Guinea Bean H UT
Lagenaria siceraria
Syn. Italian edible gourd, gourd cucuzzi, Indian squash, bottle gourd, calabash gourd, doodhi, lowki
Not of course a bean at all, instead this is a type of squash. A traditional Italian vegetable, the light green fruits are cylindrical 60 - 100 cm long and can weigh up to 2.5 kg. The creamy white flesh is said to have a flavour and texture similar to green beans, which is probably where it gets its common name. The white flowers are large and scented. Sow next to a trellis, after all danger of frost has passed, with a minimum soil temperature of 22C, 2.5 cm deep, 30 cm apart. Early plants can be sown in seedling pots for later transplanting. Prepare well-drained soil with compost and well-rotted manure. Pick the green fruit when young, 15-60 cm long. Prepare it in a similar way to squash.
SN101approx. 10 seeds

Looking for Guada Bean?
There is a bit of confusion around this plant name. It is sometimes used as a synonym for New Guinea Bean Lagenaria siceraria which is a true gourd but more often refers to Serpent Gourd Trichosanthes anguina.
Tropical and Subtropical Beans
Bean 'Poor Man's' Rare H UT
Lablab purpureus syn. Dolichos lablab
syn. Tongan Bean, Bonavist pea, Indian bean, bataw
Poor Man's Bean is an old Australian heirloom and was once found on many backyard fences in QLD. It is not forage lablab, which has much coarser pods. The deep pink flowers are followed by pale green pods, resembling snow peas in shape when young. It is a short-lived perennial and will live for 2 - 3 years. It is hardy and good at coping with wet, humid conditions. It is grown for its young, tender pods, edible leaves and flowers and is a popular vegetable in South East Asian and African cooking. The mature pods and dried beans contain toxins so should be well-cooked with a change of cooking water. It climbs vigorously to 2 - 3 metres and requires a strong trellis. Wait for warm, humid weather before sowing; it needs a soil temperature of at least 25C to germinate well. It tolerates a wide soil range but prefers fertile, well-drained soil.
SB369approx. 10 seeds
Bean 'Madagascar' H UT
Phaseolus lunatus
Syn. Lima del Papa Runner
A vigorous, climbing, tropical lima bean, it lives for many years and is excellent at coping with wet, humid conditions. It can be used as a tropical alternative to broad beans or as a dried bean. The dried beans cook quickly and make tasty vegetarian burgers! Suitable for warm temperate, subtropical and tropical areas. Madagascar Bean growing information.
SB111approx. 10 seeds
Snake Bean Climbing 'Red Dragon' H UT
Vigna unguiculata var. sesquipedalis
syn. Chinese Long Beans, Yard Long Bean, Asparagus Bean
'Red Dragon' produces 60 - 70cm long, dark green slender pods with a small red-brown tip; seed is red coloured. Highly productive and can be picked for approx. 4 weeks. Snake beans are very nutritious and have a slightly sweet flavour and crunchy texture; use them steamed, in stir-fries or curries. Snake bean is resistant to Bean Fly and Rust that can make French or runner beans difficult to grow over summer. Sow all year round in tropical and frost-free areas. Elsewhere sow from spring to early summer.
SB296approx. 20 seeds
Snake Bean Climbing 'Red Noodle' H UT
Vigna unguiculata var. sesquipedalis
syn. Chinese Long Beans, Yard Long Bean, Asparagus Bean
'Red Noodle' produces 30 cm long, attractive dark red slender pods; seed is a reddish brown colour. Highly productive and can be picked for approximately 4 weeks. Snake beans are very nutritious and have a slightly sweet flavour and crunchy texture; use them steamed, in stir-fries or curries. Snake bean is resistant to Bean Fly and Rust that can make French or runner beans difficult to grow over summer. Sow all year round in tropical and frost-free areas. Elsewhere sow from spring to early summer.
SB402approx. 20 seeds
Bean 'Winged' H UT
Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
syn. Goa Bean, Asparagus pea
Winged bean is a vigorous, tropical climber with mauve-blue flowers and four-angled pods with wavy margins. The pods, leaves, flowers and tubers are all edible. It is high in protein: the seeds contain 34% protein and 17% oil; the root contains 20% protein. If you are growing it for pods, leaves or flowers, grow it on a trellis; a trellis is not needed if you are growing it for the tuberous roots - let it sprawl. Of course, you will need to replant annually if you are harvesting the roots. The young leaves (top three sets of leaflets on a shoot) are cooked and eaten. The flowers taste like sweetish mushrooms. It is among the world’s most effective nitrogen-fixers.
A short day length (11-13 hours of daylight) during hot weather is required to flower, so it is not suitable for temperate areas; it is also very frost sensitive. It grows to 3 - 4m. Wait for warm, humid weather before sowing; in the subtropics sow November - December; in the tropics sow October until January. It will grow on a wide range of soils but requires moisture to do well; it tolerates acidity. Plant rows 1m apart; with 30 - 60 cm between plants. To improve germination either rub seeds with sandpaper or soak in hot water until the seeds swell. Harvest the pods when 10 - 20 cm long; use like green beans. Days to harvest: 60.
SB113approx. 25 seeds
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