Historic bean produces well in most climates, preferred by chefs
A productive heirloom wax bean named for Rocquencourt, France, a town in France's rich farming country. Wax beans were introduced to France in the 1840's from Algeria, and this variety is surely a descendent of those early beans. The bush plants set good yields early, and produce well in most climates. The beans are favored by cooks for their fine-flavored pods that are a bright waxy-yellow in color. This variety was listed in Mother Earth News as a favorite of well-known writer William Woys Weaver.Fabaceae Phaseolus vulgaris
Beurre De Rocquencourt Wax
Also known as string beans, French beans or green beans, this easy crop is a mainstay of the traditional vegetable garden. They were once commonly called string beans, but most modern varieties don't have strings.
Bush varieties are shorter and mature faster than pole varieties, but only produce for 1 - 3 weeks. Bush beans are great candidates for succession sowing for this reason.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 50-55 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Beans are temperature sensitive and shouldn't be planted until the soil has reached at least 65 degrees F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Beans like a warm sunny spot. They are not at all hardy and any frost will kill them. These tall plants are vulnerable to being blown over, so should be sheltered from high winds and supported on a stable and secure structure.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Dark and Light-Seeded Beans: Dark-seeded beans are more resistant to rotting in cool soil than light-seeded beans. Beans need a minimum soil temperature of 65°F (18°C) to germinate well, otherwise rotting may occur. Around 80˚ F is ideal.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
Beans should have evenly moist soil at all times. Water lightly at planting, medium at flowering, and heavily throughout harvest time. Avoid overhead watering which can promote disease.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own. In fact, if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it. They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
They are sometimes planted after a crop that was heavily amended, or after a winter cover crop.
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Delicious buttery flavor, great eaten fresh or they can be frozen. Preferred by chefs.