A long podded french bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) which yields heavily. Pods are dark green, round and 17-19cm length. Resistant to bean mosaic virus and anthracnose. Wait until the soil has warmed up sufficiently if direct sowing. This means May/June in Ireland. Sow ~10cm apart in rows with 50cm.
On a home scale climbing french beans are more productive than dwarf varieties. French beans also yield more in a glasshouse or polytunnel. However, with market gardening in mind, it is not so practical to support large numbers of plants and tunnel space is precious. So I am interested in how productive dwarf french beans can be when grown outside in Ireland. I hope to do a proper variety trial soon. It would be important to have varieties with different maturation rates to spread out the harvest window. Caruso is considered a mid season variety.