Phaseolus vulgaris 'Amethyst'
Dwarf French Bean 'Amethyst'
Phaseolus vulgaris Dwarf French Bean 'Amethyst' is a dwarf variety of compact plants, producing a succession of tasty, string-less and quick maturing beans over a long picking season. The slender pods, each measuring about 15cm (6in) long, turn to an attractive shade of green once cooked. With its pretty mauve flowers and colourful purple beans, this variety makes an attractive addition to the vegetable plot. Height: 60cm (24in). Spread: 30cm (12in).
|Botanical name||Phaseolus vulgaris|
|Common name||Dwarf French Bean 'Amethyst'|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.6m - 1m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow 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 (2in) in 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (54-77F) 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 French beans 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 (2in) and a distance of 23cm (9in) apart. Plant dwarf beans in rows that are 45cm (18in) apart.|