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Monstrance - Climbing French Bean

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Phaseolus vulgaris ssp. vulgaris var. vulgaris

History: Also called the ‘Angel Bean’ due to its beautiful markings. This is a climbing French bean with white flowers, green pods and white beans with deep blue/purple ‘angel’ shaped markings on them. They were given to us by a lovely seed saver called Steph Matthew Mills and grew them for the first time in 2023. This bean has a lot of history in connection with the catholic church due to the patterns resembling the religious artifact - a monstrance. 

When to sow: April - May indoor, May – June direct

Requirements: nutrient-rich soil, regular watering, and a lot of sun.

When to harvest seed: July - Oct. When beans are fully mature and pods turn brown

Harvesting: in southern England, typically July/later summer.

Need to isolate: No 

Seed Grown: Omved Gardens 

Seed harvested: 2023

Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.