BEAN A TERRIFIC NEW VARIETY
If you like your beans super long, then new Yates Snake Bean is the variety for you. Snake beans, also known as yard long beans, are a very productive climbing bean with thin, long crisp tender pods that can grow up to 40cm long. They’re sweet tasting and delicious when stir fried with spices or added to curries.
Snake beans enjoy warm weather and humidity and are not frost tolerant, so in cool areas it’s important to grow them during the warmest months of the year.
Sow snake bean seeds 25mm deep, direct where they are to grow, in a sunny vegie patch next to a 2m tall support or trellis. Best results are achieved when the soil temperature is consistently above 20C.
Keep the soil only just moist. Avoid overwatering as seeds can rot before germinating. To encourage a great harvest, once the seedlings are established start feeding each week with flower and fruit soluble fertiliser, which is boosted with extra potassium that promotes flowering and bean pod development.
Bean pods can start to be picked 8-10 weeks after sowing and are at their best when young and slender, at about 30cm long. Pods grow fast and should be picked at least every few days to keep the vines forming new pods.