Pre-sowing • Trellis

Bacon bean

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Bacon beans are tasty French beans. They've got 20cm-long fleshy pods that stay tender a long time. Bacon beans grow tall, so you'll plant them next to a trellis. That way they can grab on and climb up.

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Sowing: 1 May - 30 June

Level 1

sowed indoors

0 - 7 days

Level 2

seedlings visible

~week 1

Level 3

seedlings planted

1-2 weeks

Level 4

little plants

2-6 weeks

Level 5

at the trellis

6-8 weeks

Level 6

first harvest

8-11 weeks

Level 7

first harvest

11-17 weeks

Level 8

continual harvesting

17-23+ weeks

Sowing time: May - June
Height: 200 cm
Contents: 20 grams
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Bacon Bean

These delicious bacon beans produce long, juicy beans: the tastiest green beans you can grow. The more you pick the longer you harvest.
  • Species name: Neckarköningin
  • Family: legume
  • Plants per square patch: 8 along your trellis
  • Height: 200 cm and up
  • Sowing time: May and June
  • Sowing depth: 2 to 3 cm
  • Germination: 21°C in 7-10 days
  • Time to harvest: after 9-10 weeks
  • Sunlight: full sun
Would you like to buy bacon bean seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:

What's so special about our bacon beans?

This special green bean variety produces long, juicy beans. The beans grow up to 25 cm long and are nice and crispy. Highly recommended.

In our part of the Netherlands - Groningen - they’re very popular. Most growers leave them to hang until the beans in the pods become really thick. Personally, I like to harvest them earlier. 

Sowing and growing

Germination is tough in cold or rainy weather, so give these seeds a head start indoors. Mix together equal parts MM-Mix and fine vermiculite, plant your seeds in a pot, and put your pots on the windowsill.

As soon as you see the first seedings, transfer them to their final home outside. The plants will grow over 2 meters tall, so they need a trellis. Plant them in a patch at the back of your garden box. 8 plants fit in one square patch.

Once the plants make it through the first couple of weeks, they’ll grow easily.

Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app. 

How do you use bacon beans?

Cut the beans off the plants when they are about 20 cm long. 
In Groningen, some people like to leave the beans hanging until the beans themselves get thicker. Then you have to cook them longer. Some folks love it, some like to harvest earlier.

Always cook your bacon beans, don't eat them raw.

Serve as a side dish or add them to salads, stir fries, and soups. 

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