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Taste of Italy Seeds – Dwarf Bean Splendido (Red)

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This Dwarf Bean Splendido also known as Borlotti Bean produces broad 13cm pink-red pods that each contain 6-7 cream and red streaked beans. The immature pods of Dwarf Bean Splendido can be harvested and used as French beans but are best left to mature and harvested for the full sized seeds in autumn. Borlotti beans are widely used in Italian cooking and have a sweetish flavour with a smooth creamy texture; they work well in salads and casseroles. Flowering period: Jun-SepSowing months: Mar-JulPosition: Full sunHeight: 45cmSpread: 30cmSow dwarf bean seeds indoors from mid April for transplanting later on or direct sow outdoors from late May to July. Indoors sow bean seeds at a depth of 5cm in 7.5cm pots or trays of free-draining seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 12-25C until germination which takes 7-10 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Once germinated grow on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and the dwarf French bean plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting them outdoors in rich fertile well drained soil in full sun with protection from strong winds. Alternatively direct sow dwarf green beans outdoors when the soil as warmed. Sow 2 bean seeds per station at a depth of 5cm and a distance of 23cm apart. Plant dwarf beans in rows that are 45cm apart. When growing beans hoe between plants often and water regularly. Provide a compost mulch around the base of bean plants to combat dry periods. For the best crops harvest beans regularly while the pods are still young.Quantity: 1 x 60g pack

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