What types of firebeans are there?
- red flowering varieties: Lady Di, Prize Winner, Butler, Golden Sunshine
- two-colored flowering variety: Painted Lady
- white flowering variety: white giants
- low growing variety: Hestia
Where are firebeans grown?
Firebeans thrive in a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden or on the balcony. A location in the light penumbra is also possible. Especially on the balcony there must be space for a climbing aid, on which the tendrils can wind upwards.
- Plant and use firebeans as privacy screens
- Fire beans - poisonous in their raw state
- Harvest firebeans
What substrate do firebeans need?
Simple garden soil is sufficient for growing firebeans. It is important that the earth is well loosened, as firebeans are deeply rooted. With the addition of compost you ensure an adequate supply of nutrients.
When is the planting time for fire beans?
The planting time for pre-grown firebeans begins in mid-May.
This is also when the seeds are sown directly into the bed or into the pot.
What is the distance between sowing and planting?
- between the trellises at least 40 to 50 cm
- a minimum distance of 1 meter is required between rows
When are firebeans ready for harvest?
Firebeans need about 10 weeks to be harvested for the first time. As early as July, the pods are harvested as green beans with complete pods or as grain beans with mature seeds. If the young beans are harvested regularly, they will bear fruit for a long time.
Good and bad neighbors
- good neighbors: savory, cucumber, potatoes, tomatoes, radishes, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, beetroot,
- bad neighbors: leeks, garlic, onions, fennel
Tips & Tricks
In addition to the conventional varieties, nurseries and seed mail order companies also offer many rarities. These include types of beans such as “Magier”, “Golden Sunshine” and “Giant”. So just look for rarities, it's worth it!