Phaseolus vulgaris 'Lingua di Fuoco Nano' (dwarf)
Borlotto (Borlotti) Bean 'Lingua di Fuoco Nano'
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Type/Hardiness Annual, Vegetable, Half hardy
Flowering period Late spring
Height 18-24in/45-60cm
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Moist, fertile
Sowing time/depth April-June, 1.5in/4cm
Both strikingly attractive and delicious, Borlotto beans, with their soft-red and creamy-white markings, sweet flavour and creamy texture, can be used both in casseroles or as an addition to salads. (There is no need to soak fresh beans before cooking, but if you intend to dry and store your crop, they must be soaked overnight before cooking.)

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Although they can be sown direct (two to a station, removing the weakest seedling) slugs and other pests are likely to munch direct sown seed, so the safest method is to start them under glass or on a sunny window sill. Using tall, 4in pots, sow single seeds 1.5in/4cm deep in general-purpose compost. Grow plants on, hardening off and planting out when all danger of frost is past. This is not a climbing variety, so no support should be required. Ensure that adequate water is provided at all times. Crop when both shells and beans have developed their characteristic red and white mottling.
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