Bean 'Rattlesnake' Climbing
A vigorous climbing bean that's perfect for training up a fence, trellis or teepee to create an edible screen that is easy to harvest. Named for its spiralling climbing habit and distinctive coloured beans which have snake-like mottling on the skin, this is one of the most hardy and versatile beans for gardeners in all areas growing equally well in drier soils, as it does in humid areas. Aside from the coloured pods, the beans themselves are unusual too as they are pure white while young, developing a beige appearance with burgundy marks as they mature. An excellent dried bean for all areas.
Fast growing tender annuals, beans perform best in warm, sunny positions. Shallow rooted vegetables, beans require regular watering. Their ideal soil will be enriched with organic matter, be neutral to alkaline and also have some potassium applied prior to sowing. Climbing and pole beans require support, while bush beans are self-supporting. Sow seed direct when soil temperature is between 16-29 degrees C and there is no likelihood of frost. Seed should germinate within 6-15 days and seedlings should be protected from snails and slugs. Water regularly and when plants start cropping, pick daily to maximise your harvest. At the end of the season, compost plants to add nitrogen back into your soil.