Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Bean Climbing (Madagascar) Seeds
Madagascar bean is a perennial climber (up to 2 metres) with red & white coloured seeds.
- Pests are minimal for Madagascar bean.
- Sow spring & summer direct into garden.
- Occasionally handles mild frost.
- 180 days to harvest
How to Grow
Climbing beans as their name indicates need a structure for them to climb on. This can be anything from a wire fence, verandah or teepee made from tomato stakes, bamboo or even sturdy sticks. They like soil rich in organic matter but they are a legume so ensure nitrogen levels are not to high. Sow your seeds below the climbing structure to give the tendrils a easy job of latching on. Ensure you do not over water them during the germination stage as this may cause rotting. Once germinated provide a good mulch later around the plant. During the growing season you may need to assist the plant with latching onto your structure.
Pests included Cutworm, Crows, Small Brown Bean Bug & White Fly. Where needed use exclusion netting, neem, pyrethrum and good soil health practices to minimise pest impact.
Eat beans whole either fresh or cooked. All beans are best eaten when young and string less, this is typically between 8-12cm in length.