Scarlet Runner Beans

Scarlet Runner Beans

scarlet-bean-blossomAnother first for 2017: Scarlet Runner Beans. Normally I plant all beans in the early spring. But this year I found a packet of beans in June. So I planted them with the daphnes, that way both could climb the tower trellis. The beans grew in the shade of the apricot tree. The flowers were pretty during July. Then one day you look out and there are bean pods.

 

scarlet-beansOne of the oldest runner beans in existence. First grown by native Americans, large, beautiful, vigorous vines grow over 10’. Already well-known in 1735 according to The Gardener’s Dictionary by English botanist Philip Miller; listed in America as early as 1806 by McMahon. Used for ornamental purposes or as a vegetable: small snap pods or green shell beans. Can substitute for limas in cooler climates. Pole habit, 65 days. ±450 seeds/lb. Direct Seed: 2 inches apart; Seed Depth: 1 inch; Rows apart: 24 to 36 inches; Support: Trellis, tepee or netting.

Instructions – Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Runner beans prefer full sun, although they tolerate part shade very well. Young pods can be eaten whole, or the beans can be eaten fresh or dried. Even the flowers are edible.