Seed Sowing

Dwarf French Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris

Sow: April to June.

Early sowings can be made under glass at a temperature of 16°C. Sow into 8cm pots or modular trays filled with seed sowing compost.

Outside sowings can be made from May onwards into the growing site 5cm deep. Sow 2-3 seeds every 20cm apart with rows spaced 45cm apart. Seedlings sown under glass should be gradually hardened off before planting outside in late May to the above spacing, once all risk of frost has past.

Direct sown seedlings can be thinned out as required. Water regularly during dry weather.

Ready to harvest from July to September.


Masterpiece is a long standing, popular choice with most keen bean growers. It produces early crops of large, flat, bright green, podded type beans. This variety is very much suitable for early sowing under cloches or outside.