Phaseolus vulgaris 'Cobra'
Climbing Bean 'Cobra'
Phaseolus vulgaris Climbing Bean 'Cobra' bears massive crops of mid green, smooth, round, string-less pods about 18cm (7in) long. It is a highly attractive mauve flowered variety, a delight in the border, and with an exceptional flavour. Huge yields of these flavoursome beans over a long cropping season. Seeds are in the RHS Vegetable Collection.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Phaseolus vulgaris|
|Common name||Climbing Bean 'Cobra'|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||1.6m - 2.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow mid April in pots indoors, plant out from end May. Sow early May - July (outdoors). Can be sown in March for protected growing in greenhouse/polytunnel. Sow 4-5cm (1½ to 2in) deep in a well prepared soil. It is best to erect supports before planting. Allow 2 plants per pole placed at 15-20cm (6 to 8in) apart as a structure or grow up netting or a 4 cane wigwam. Allow about 1 metre (3ft) between wigwams. Water copiously during dry weather, particularly when flowers are forming, as roots must never be allowed to dry out. Mulch heavily with compost/grass cuttings. Pinch out once plants have reached the tops of supports. Pick regularly to ensure continuouHoe regularly and keep well watered, especially when flowering. Mulch during dry periods.|