Climbing Bean Borlotto lingua di fuoco 2 Seeds
A Best Buy variety as recommended by the Gardening Press and Consumer Groups.
Recommended by Mark Diacono (Otter Farm owner) in BBC Gardeners World Magazine (January 2015 edition):
“Start borlottis indoors, plant them out when 15cm tall and they’ll romp away with little attention. Use them fresh as young pods and beans, or dried to eat in winter."
Planting & Harvesting
Sow & Grow
Sow indoors for surest results April-May, 2.5cm (1") deep into individual pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out 25cm (10") apart, during May-June when frosts are over. Allow 45cm (18") between rows. Or sow outdoors May-June for ease, where they are to crop, 5cm (2") deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-cultivated, fertile soil, which has already been watered. Delay sowing if soil is cold or waterlogged. Sow two seeds together, 30cm (1') between each position. Allow 45cm (18") between rows. Thin to leave stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Harvest: July-October.
Hint's & Tips
Eat fresh, young pods as any 'green' bean, mature pods can be shelled and dried. The beans can be cooked and used in soups and pastas. Always soak dried beans before cooking.