Climbing and Dwarf Bean Seeds

Beans are the perfect introduction to gardening, requiring minimal effort with maximum yield. From the humble green bean to the exotic scarlet runner, beans offer a diverse range of flavours and textures, enriching your culinary repertoire.

Beyond their delectable taste, beans are nitrogen-fixing plants, enhancing soil fertility and benefiting neighbouring crops. Whether you have a sprawling garden or a compact balcony, beans adapt seamlessly to various spaces. Their fast growth also means swift results, making them an ideal choice for impatient gardeners eager to witness the magic of plant life.

With their adaptability, nutritional value, and sheer visual appeal, growing beans promises a delightful journey into the world of home gardening, providing not just sustenance but a sense of accomplishment and connection with nature.

Bean Feast - dwarf - 40NS

Details   Flavourful, flat podded, white-seeded bean, one of the best flavoured dwarf bean cultivar that Nev saved from oblivion in 1974 and has grown ever since.
Botanical name   Phaseolus Vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2023
Grower name   Nev&Sue Sinclair
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Borlotti - 77NS

Details   A productive vigorous climber, Long vines that will grow to 6m tall if provided support, ideal as a drying bean. Borlotti are descendants from the original Cranberry beans that originated in Colombia
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2022
Grower name   Nev and Sue Sinclair
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Butterbean - 22RW

Details   Many of the older gardeners will remember the dwarf butterbean which was very popular in the 60's and 70's. This strain has been grown for over 40 years by a long time home gardener before being given to Richard so as to preserve this heirloom
This bean produces a pale yellow/cream pod in colour that grows to about 15cm in length. The complete pod is eaten although the ends can be trimmed if desired and is wonderful added to salads when small.

Seed should be back in stock 2024
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Grower name   Richard watson
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2024
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
3 or more packets   $4.00 if you buy 3 or more
Chatreuse Green Snake - 244CMK

Chatreuse Green Snake - 244CMK

Details   The green snake bean can grow to 70-80cm long best harvested when the reach 45cm unless your saving seeds They are stringless can be eaten raw when young or more matured can be steamed or used in stews or stir fried grow on a support
Botanical name   Foeniculum valgare
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Cherokee Trail of Tears - 42RW

Cherokee Trail of Tears - 42RW

Details   Between 1838 and 1839 the Cherokee people of the United States were forced to march across the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma. This winter death march is known as the Trail of Tears as over 4,000 people died making the trip. In 1977 a member of Seed Savers Exchange named Dr. John Wyche from Hugo, Oklahoma, USA donated seeds to there collection. It is thought that his Cherokee ancestors carried this heirloom bean with them on the Trail of Tears. Beans were domesticated in the Americas thousands of years ago and serve as a protein in the diet of humans and animals. Growing this bean takes about 55 days to produce a purple podded green bean and 90 days to dry beans.  This is a vigorous climber is enjoyed very much as a fresh green bean and have found to be highly productive. 
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Grower name   Richard Watson
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
Crystal - 109RW

Crystal - 109RW

Details   This climbing bean was given to Richard 2017 under the name 'Crystal', grows to 2 -3 metres tall and produces a black seed.
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   40
Grower name   Richard Watson
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
Czar White - dwarf runner 39RW

Czar White - dwarf runner 39RW

Details   White flowered, white seeded bush form of the Scarlet Runner bean, grows to about 40cm tall. Like all dwarf beans they are frost tender. During long periods of wet weather it can be an idea to throw a cover over to shed the rain as beans close to the ground can rot.
Botanical name   Phaseolus coccineus
Contains at least   30 seeds
Grower name   Richard Watson
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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El Beano -138NS

El Beano -138NS

Details   This broad bean has pure white flowers. The pods enclose beans that are sweet, and which remain green once cooked and are nice eaten raw. Nev selected this cultivar from a random mutation over 35 years ago that he noticed had produced pure white flowers and so over the following years carried on selecting for that trait. he much preferred the flavour and colour.  In colder parts of the South Island and Inland North Island you don't want to sow broad beans between March and and early May. Best sown in spring to early summer.

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Botanical name   Vicia Faba
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Nov 2022
Grower name   Nev&Sue Sinclair
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Greek Gigante - 46RW

Greek Gigante - 46RW

Details   Unlike Scarlet Runners they have pure white flowers and huge white seeds. Flowers over a long period and grows up to 3m tall
Botanical name   Phaseolus coccineus
Contains at least   25 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   1/3/23
Grower name   Richard Watson
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Haricot d’Espagne - 65NS

Details   This French heirloom is a very vigorous white runner bean that grows up to 3-4m Broad pods containing only 2-4 large seeds (15 by 30mm). Good eaten as a green bean as well as a dried bean. Similar bean to Greek Gigante in bean size

Botanical name   Phaseolus coccineus
Contains at least   25 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2023
Grower name   Nev and Sue
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Hopi Yellow Bean - 257SS

Hopi Yellow Bean - 257SS

Details  

Hopi Yellow Beans are a high-yeilding tasty, early maturing, pole green bean that can be eaten as a fresh green bean or a dried light yellow/beige bean. From Hopi Indian, also called "grease beans".
Propagate: Plant Hopi yellow bean seeds in spring either inside in trays for later outside transplanting or outside where you wish to grow, watch for slugs and snails.

3 or more packets   $3.00 if you buy 3 or more
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more

Indian Hannah - 80RW

Details   Indian Hannah is also known as Lenape Cutshort or Delaware Cutshort, this climbing bean produce good yields
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2021
Grower name   Richard Watson
Storage Info   frozen stored
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more

Italian Valena Bean - 266SS

Details   Italian Valena Beans are a duel-purpose bean variety that can be used as a young green bean or dried bean.  The pods are flat and green when young then turn tan with maroon streaks as they mature.  The seeds are large, egg-shaped and tan with dark purple/brown streaks. Propagation: Italian Valena Bean seeds can either be placed in a seed raising tray for subsequent transplanting or plant in the garden where to grow.  Take 7-14 days to germinate.
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Kaiapoi Red dwarf - RS

Details   The history on this bean before been originally grown in Kaiapoi area since the 1870's unknown, but became widely grown throughout NZ over that time. Grows no taller that 30cm with long flat green pods.
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2023
Grower name   Rachael Stott
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Major cook - 123RW

Major cook - 123RW

Details   Indian Hannah climbing bean Major Cook was also imported from North America by Mark Christensen, Research Director at the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust. Bred in the North of France by Major Cook and a Mr Luxton after 1954. At the time both men worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and both had a strong interest in gardening. Produces pretty purple-violet flowers followed by a huge crop of stringless beans with a very good flavour.
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   2017
Grower name   Richard Watson
Storage Info   frozen stored
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Pean bean (white) - 44NS

Pean bean (white) - 44NS

Details   Peans are a great all rounder with many uses. The plants climb just like a runner bean or climbing french bean and produce flat pods similar to a large mangetout pea. The pods can be picked young and used whole as a french bean or left on the plants to mature and shelled like peas, or they can be left to mature fully and dry and then used as any other dried beans. New seasons seed will be available again as soon a possible
Botanical name   Vigna unguiculata unguiculata
Contains at least   30 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Nev and Sue
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Purple Snake - 234CMK

Purple Snake - 234CMK

Details   Purple snake bean is stringless, can grow to 70-80 cm long but best harvested at around 45cm long unless saving the seeds. can be eaten raw while young or steamed, stir fried or used in stews when more mature. slightly sweet flavour plant after frosts have passed, beans like the warmer weather so if still a bit chilly won’t do as well. Needs a support to grow up
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
Red Seeded broad - 150RG

Red Seeded broad - 150RG

Details   Rick received this bean from the Southern Seed Exchange many years ago and has become his favorite Broad bean for his own personal supply.
Botanical name   Vicia Faba
Contains at least   30
Grower name   Rick Ginders
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Romaine Climber - 98RG

Details   A heritage bean of unknown origin. Good healthy climber with long green stringless pods. A heavy cropper with good taste as a fresh bean and also an exceptional dried bean.
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   approx 30
Grower name   Rick Ginders
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Scarlet Runner - 43RG

Scarlet Runner - 43RG

Details   It's fast growing perennial climbing up to 3 metres in a season. Plants will produce a profusion of pretty red and white flowers, amidst a heavy cover of leaves, in colder climates it pays to cover root crown with mulch so as to stop frost penetrating the soil killing the crown .
Botanical name   Phaseolus coccineus
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Grower name   Rick Ginders
Storage Info   frozen stored
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Scottish - 38RW

Scottish - 38RW

Details   This tall line of broad bean can withstand heavy winter frosts as low as -10deg here in the Amuri basin when plants are young, but equally handles the heat as well, will grow mostly unsupported up to 1.5m tall. In colder parts of the South Island and Inland North Island you dont want to sow broad beans between March and early May. If plants are over 10cm tall, heavy frosts will damage or kill them. Plants under this size handle frosts well.
Botanical name   Vicia faba
Contains at least   approx 30
Date Of Seed Harvest   seed regrown yearly
Grower name   Richard Watson
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more
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Tarahumara - Climbing Bean - 265SS

Tarahumara - Climbing Bean - 265SS

Details  

Tarahumara Climbing Beans are a very unusual deep purple bean, with a few grey and dark red types mixed in. A Climbing bean with dark lilac flowers and colourful pods, this bean hails from Mexico.

Propagate: Plant Tarahumara Climbing Bean seeds in spring either inside in trays for later outside transplanting or outside where you wish to grow, watch for slugs and snails.

3 or more packets   $3.00 if you buy 3 or more
Botanical name   Phaseolus vulgaris
Contains at least   30 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2023
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Price per packet   $4.50 if you buy 1 or more