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 40 cm 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.
Here’s your easy snake bean sowing and growing guide:
- Sow Yates® Snake Bean seeds 25 mm deep, direct where they are to grow, next to a 2 m tall support or trellis. Snake beans need a sunny spot with well-drained soil that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and best results are achieved when the soil temperature is consistently above 200C.
- To promote improved soil and healthy plant growth, enrich the soil before sowing with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
- Keep the soil only just moist. Avoid overwatering as seeds can rot before germinating.
- Seedlings should pop up in around 14 days.
- To encourage a great harvest, once the seedlings are established start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser, which is boosted with extra potassium which promotes flowering and bean pod development.
- Water plants regularly to keep the soil moist.
- Bean pods can start to be picked 8 – 10 weeks after sowing and are at their best when young and slender, at around 30 cm long.
- Pods grow fast and should be picked at least every few days to keep the vines forming new pods.