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Borlotti Bean – Barlotta Lingua di Fuoco


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Decorative, delicious and easy to grow
Producing beautifully vibrant red and green pods, these beans add a splash of fun and colour into your garden. These beans are perfectly suited to our cooler climate. The canes will climb to about 2 metres.

Number of plants: 10

Variety: Barlotta Lingua di Fuoco (organic)

Can be grown in: Pots and containers, grow bags, raised beds. They will need support to climb. Find out more about growing borlotti beans in our growing guide below.

In the kitchen: You can eat these vibrant pods when small and tender (and mostly green) or allow them to reach full size and store the beans inside once the pods have dried and turned a deep purple. With a sweetish flavour and smooth creamy texture these beans work well in a salad or in a hearty soup or casserole.

Can be delivered from: late April to July. The plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-20cm.

The right site

Beans are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot. They prefer to grow in moist, fertile soil in a sheltered location away from strong winds. Avoid growing beans in very wet soils.

Can be grown in....

Raised beds or patio pots. Most of them will need something to climb up (particularly runner beans and borlotti beans). You can make a wigwam out of bamboo canes or try our bean and pea planter.

How far apart?

The spacing is completely dependent on the variety you choose, and we’ll advise you what’s best for your baby plants when you receive them.

Looking after your plants....

If your plants arrive while it’s still a bit chilly, in April/early May, it’s worth planting them in pots and popping them in the greenhouse or on a windowsill until it warms up a bit.


The more you pick, the more they grow

Harvest beans regularly to encourage growth of new beans.


They're thirsty - water them well

Beans and peas need to be watered well and regularly. Don’t let them dry out.


Weed regularly

Keep weeds down so that they have a better chance of growing up nice and strong!

Storage Tips

If you’d like to dry the beans out, wait until they have dried out on the plants. Then, pick them and leave them to dry out in a nice dry place before you shell them. Keep the beans in an airtight container. (Don’t forget to soak them again before you cook them!)

Ways to cook

Beans are simply delicious steamed and served with a  drizzle of olive oil. But you can get a bit more inventive…runner bean chutney is seriously good!

When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April through to July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.

You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.