All our seeds are grown organically in Australia -> What makes our seeds special?
- Madagascar beans look like the magical beans out of Jack and the Beanstalk. They are flat and smooth, and resemble a pebble with white and deep purple markings. This variety is perennial in warmer climates.
- Uses: Best eaten as a dried bean i.e. leave to mature on the vine until the pods turn yellow and store as a dried bean. Delicious in soups and stews.
- Size: This is a tall climbing bean – growing to 2m+ and will need a tall trellis, or be planted against a shed wall, fence or why not try a living teepee? Great in large pots or grow bags. TIP: Pinch out growing shoots before your bean has reached the top of your trellis to encourage it to branch out.
- Sowing: Sow seed indoors in early spring in individual punnets and plant out once the risk of frost has passed in your area. Do not soak bean seed as this risks rotting – plant into damp seed raising mix and don’t water again until the soil feels dry. Check out our corn seed sowing guide for a free and easy trick for sowing into individual punnets. Or sow direct in garden beds in late spring and summer, once the risk of frost has passed in your area.
- Planting: Grows well in full sun or part-shade. Space seeds around 20cm apart. Beans fix nitrogen from the atmosphere so don’t need a lot of added fertiliser, but do appreciate a soil enriched with compost, worm castings and gentle manures (cow, sheep, horse).
Please note seeds can be shipped across Australia, but due to quarantine restrictions we cannot ship seed to WA or Tasmania.