I first tried tepee beans attracted by the idea of having plants that proudly display their beans on top of the foliage, rather than rooting around under the leaves to find them and less chance of dirt splash back. I found that the beans do hold above the foliage to a certain extent as you can see from the photo above, but once the beans had started to fill they do tend to sink down.
This year I grew both Golden and Purple teepee for a dash of colour in the allotment and on the plate. Golden teepee do provide a lovely colour contrast, although if I were to be a bit picky I’d say that there was more than a hint of green, especially when young which is when you want to pick them.
These dwarf bean plants can be sown direct, approximately 1-2 inches deep after the last frost or about three week before indoors and then transplanted. Keep moist but not wet until shoots emerge. They don’t need support.
Eating – These are probably not the best flavoured bean in the world but look distinctive, remain string less even when quite large. Pick young though as the pods fill quickly. The beans will loose their colour a little on cooking so steam and serve al dente for best texture and colour.
Plant health and yield – The plants are strong and quite quick to mature. Each plant will provide several meals. If you don’t want to freeze your beans it is wise to stagger your sowing by a couple of weeks to prevent a glut as the beans do mature at roughly the same time. Beans may re flower after harvesting to a lesser extent.