Borlotti bean 'Lingua di Fuoco'

borlotti bean

approx 65 seeds £1.99 Buy
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Hardiness: half hardy

    A decorative, tasty and versatile bean that can be eaten young in their pods, used to flavour soups and stews, or dried and stored for use at a later date. An Italian classic, they are handsomely flecked with red, but this will almost disappear after they have been cooked. Successional sowing will provide a continuous crop for several months, and regular harvesting will encourage more to form.

  • Garden care:Start early crops off under glass, or sow direct after all frosts have passed in early summer. Sow seed 4-5cm deep in rows 30cm apart, choosing a sheltered, sunny spot with rich soil. Keep well watered and protect from slugs: mulch mature plants with compost to keep the moisture in the soil and suppress weeds. Provide support as the plants start to climb.

  • Sow: April-July

  • Flowering: August-November

  • Approximate quantity: 65 seeds

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