A field study was conducted to assess the effect of nitrogen doses on growth and parameters of
French bean varieties during kharif 2006-07 and 2007-08.Three level (180 kg/ha, 120 kg/ha and 80
kg/ha) of nitrogen doses were applied on ten varieties. Highest influence of nitrogen was recorded
with high doses of N application for all the traits studied. Among the varieties, the variety CH-812
recorded highest green pods per plot, number of pods per plant, pod diameter, number of green
seeds per pod and green pod yield per plant in addition to earliest in flowering. It was observed that
varieties early in flowering recorded higher green pod yield under all three N application regimes.
Variety VL-65 recorded the highest number of branches per plant and pod length. Low number of
branches per plant, number of pods per plant, pod diameter, pod length, number of green seeds per
pod, 10 pod weight were responsible for lower green pod yield with low nitrogen application (80
kg/ha). Variety Pant Anupam and IVRFB-3 showed highest response for days to flowering and green
pods per plot respectively, with higher dose of nitrogen application. Variety CH-812 was found most
suitable for cultivation with high Nitrogen application (180 kg/ha) for higher green pod yield in hilly
areas of J&K.