Beans (Borlotti) Growing Guide

Phaseolus vulgaris var Cranberry

Beans (Borlotti)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Average, well-drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.


Can mix compost or an organic fertiliser into the soil before planting.


Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 20cm (7") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 5cm (2 in) deep and 8cm (3 in) apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


The pods of many dry beans can be eaten as runner beans when very young.


Gather pods when they dry to tan. Allow the harvested beans to dry indoors for one to two weeks before storing in a cool, dry place. Most varieties produce all at once.


Pods that come into contact with soil are prone to rot. Mulch to prevent this problem.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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