Runner Bean Seeds

Growing suggestions for runner bean seeds

Direct sow runner bean seeds from May until the beginning of June, when the soil has warmed up. If sown when the soil is too cold and/or wet the beans may rot. We recommend building the climbing structure first (poles distanced 65cm between rows and 40cm within the row) and then planting four runner beans at the base of each pole 4cm deep. This way you will know exactly where the beans have been planted and also you will not damage the roots when building the structure.

Runner bean growing calender

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Crop history

Phaseolus coccineus originated from the mountains of Central America. Most varieties of runner beans have red flowers and multicoloured seeds. They were first grown in Britain as ornamental climbers, and in most other parts of the world still are. They are naturally a perennial, but grown as an annual in our temperate climate.

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  • Runner bean – Scarlet Emperor (Organic)

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    Runner bean – Scarlet Emperor (Organic)

    A heritage variety of vigorous growth and productivity. Harvested young as snap beans or matured to be dried and shelled. Scarlet Emperor beans are an old favourite. They are often just grown for their beauty – how great that they can be eaten as well!

    The plants have bright red flowers and grow up to 3m tall, producing masses of smooth-textured long green pods that can be eaten as a snap bean. When left to mature they form seeds of a purple colour with black dapples and also make a delicious drying bean.
    (Approximate seed count – 30)

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  • Runner Beans – Emergo (Organic)

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    Runner Beans – Emergo (Organic)

    A traditional white flowered variety producing an abundance of smooth pods. Emergo is a great variety which produces well even in our unpredictable UK climate. As well as being delicious and easy to grow its white flowers make a beautiful addition to the vegetable patch, especially when grown alongside a red-flowered variety such as Scarlet Emperor.
    (Approximate seed count – 30)

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  • Runner Beans – White Lady (Organic)

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    Runner Beans – White Lady (Organic)

    White Lady is a productive white flowering runner bean with the most tender, fleshy and succulent pods. The delicious beans are of a green colour and have a smooth texture. They are stringless when picked young and well known for an exceptional seed set.

    Often runner beans are more prolific than French beans and have a more distinctive flavour. They are a traditional favourite in British cooking.

    (Approximate seed count – 30)

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