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Borlotti Bean

Phaseolus vulgaris 'Borlotti'

Also known as

Cranberry Bean, Roman Bean, Romano Bean

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Borlotti Bean Overview

With its green leaves, pretty flowers and edible pods and beans, the bush bean is a great addition to any edible garden and are easier to cultivate than pole beans. Beans have bean part of people's gardens for centuries and is still today an important part of edible landscaping. A wonderful plant, it serves as protein rich source in the culinary applications, with various health benefits and is also easy to cultivate. A variety of cranberry bean bred in Italy to have a thicker skin. It is used in Italian, Portuguese (Catarino bean), Turkish, and Greek cuisine.

Common problems with Borlotti Bean

Pests include aphids, mealybugs, bean beetles and bean weevils. Diseases include bean mosaic, anthracnose, bean blight and bean rust. Pods that come into contact with the ground can be subject to rot.

Borlotti Bean Companion Plants

It is frequently grown along with Squash & Maize to complete the 3 Sisters a traditional growing pattern of the indigenous North Americans.

How to harvest Borlotti Bean

Beans are ready to harvest in 55 to 65 days from transplant. Green beans are picked at an immature stage, when the seeds inside have not yet fully developed. Look for firm, sizable pods and snap or cut off the plant. Do not injure the plant!

How to propagate Borlotti Bean


Plant seeds in Spring or Summer in warm soil. Germination in about 1 to 2 weeks. In Spring sow the seeds 2.5 cm deep and in Summer sow the seeds even deeper.

Special features of Borlotti Bean

Crop rotation

Beans is well-known as a soilconditioner or Nitrogen fixer adding nitrogen to a garden bed either to neighboring plants or to the planting following the crop when rotating.

Pot plant

Good plant to plant in container, sow seed in warm soil, protect from frost and makes sure there are enough drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies.

Other uses of Borlotti Bean


It reduces risk of heart disease and colon cancer, as well as an improved regulation of diabetes.


Beans are a wonderful food that can be used either as a green vegetable or an important protein source. Its leaves are occasionally used as a vegetable.


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