To grow white beans, the soil shall not be too acid or too calcareous. Planting starts end of April – beginning of May until July. Harvesting starts between September and October, or until the first frosts. In addition, harvest can also take place in August as soon as the pods are well developed, but still immature. The seeds are said “fresh”; therefore they shall be consumed as soon as possible (within 2-3 days post harvest).
White beans can be affected by many pests (spider mites, slugs, snails that eat leaves) and diseases such as anthracnose (a fungus that causes the appearance of elongated or round spots on the leaves) and botrytis (grey mould appears on the leaves, pods, stems). Subsequently these diseases cause a slower growth of the plant, which can even lead to the death of the latter. White bean is a vegetable but also a seed.