Northern Queensland Permaculture

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share


Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae
Genus Phaseolus
Common Name Bean
Species P. vulgaris

Maturity days

  • 50

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
* * * X X X X * * * * *

* Can be grown in this period, however seasonal issues with bean fly can cause issues, humidity can cause mold issues.

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Pioneer Nitrogen_Fixer Vegetable

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant No
Humidity tolerant Partially
Planting area Garden bed
Sunlight Full sun



Short comments

Herbaceous annual vine. Normally better grown in dry season in NQ. Many cultivars exist

General comments


  • Grow climbers on a purpose built trellis, or up woody plants such as pigeon peas.
  • Keep well watered during hot periods
  • Bean fly can be a nuisance and result in crop failures depending on infestation levels.


Nitrogen fixation



Planting Depth



Cultivar - Purple Climber

  • Climbing bean
  • Hardy
  • Can grow all year round, but easiest yields per the Planting Months table. Only in the shade and with protection from other plants (bean fly will damage the plant) outside this range.
  • Not stringy, but like all beans better picked when younger
  • Seed collection and drying for replanting is easily done
Purple Climber Photos

Seed Saving Tips

Grow extra plants dedicated to seed saving. Best done during drier months to avoid mold infecting and poisoning the seeds. Allow to dry on the vine, and pick dry pods as they mature, save in paper packet.


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