• Climbing Bean Borlotto lingua di fuoco 2 Seeds

Climbing Bean Borlotto lingua di fuoco 2 Seeds

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50 Seeds
Phaseolus vulgaris
Item Code: 11426
Recommended by the Gardening Press and Consumer Groups



A classic of Italy known as 'Fire Tongue' beans, loved for their excellent flavour, colour and versatility. The decorative beans can be picked and used fresh or left to grow on. Mature beans can be shelled from the pods and dried; these can be prepared and served as dried flageolet or Cannellini.
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."

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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.