Thompson & Morgan Opera Dwarf Bean Seeds

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  • Perfect for kitchen gardens
  • Heavy crops of slim, dark green stringless pods
  • Upright plants make the pods easy to spot when harvesting
  • Long growing season


Thompson & Morgan Opera Dwarf Beans are an early maturing Kenyan-type bean. Mature plants produce heavy crops of slim, dark green 10 cm (4”) stringless pods over a long cropping season. Opera dwarf bean plants have an upright, open habit, making the pods easy to spot when harvesting. Plants have good resistance to Halo Blight, Bean Mosaic Virus, Anthracnose and Botrytis, which makes it the perfect choice for organic gardeners. Height: 45 cm (18”). Spread: 30 cm (12”).


Companion planting: Try growing beans with Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.


Garden Tip: Create a compost trench for your beans. Dig a trench, about 30 cm)deep where you intend to grow your beans. Fill it up with organic matter such as kitchen scraps, plant material and leaves, then cover it with soil. By springtime, your soil will be rich and full of moisture, and your beans will have the best environment to thrive.


Sow dwarf bean seeds indoors from mid-April to transplant later. Direct sow outdoors from late May to July. 


Sow your bean seeds 5 cm (2”) deep in 7.5 cm (3”) pots or trays of free-draining seed-sowing compost


Place in a propagator at 12-25C (54-77F) till they germinate within 7–10 days. 


Once germinated, grow on in cooler conditions and transplant the dwarf French beans when they are large enough to be transplanted. 


Gradually acclimatise your beans to outdoor conditions over 7–10 days before planting outdoors in rich fertile, well-drained soil in a full sun position that offers some protection from strong winds. 


  • Direct sow dwarf green beans outdoors in spring when the soil has warmed. 
  • Sow 2 bean seeds per station at a 5 cm (2”) deep at a distance of 23 cm (9”) apart. 
  • Plant in rows that are 45 cm (18”) apart.


Garden Tip: When beans grow, regularly hoe between the plants and water frequently. Spread a compost mulch around the base of your plants to combat dry periods. 


Garden Tip: For the best results, harvest beans regularly while the pods are still young.

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