Scarlet Runner Bean - Key Growing Information

An attractive planting of scarlet runner bean vines  some can reach as high as 9 feet or more.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 4-7 days at 60-70°F (16-21°C).

SOWING:
Transplant: Sow 2-3 weeks before last frost. Plant 2 seeds 1" deep in individual cells or pots. Thin to one plant per cell or pot. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.

Direct seed:
After last frost, when the soil temperature is at least 60°F (16°C), sow about 6 seeds per foot, 1" deep. When seedlings have true leaves, thin to 4-8" apart.

Use a nitrogen-fixing inoculant for increased flowering and bean yields. Trellis or other support is necessary.


LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Fertile soil with high levels of humus.

PLANT SPACING:
4-8".

HARDINESS ZONES:
Annual.

HARVEST:
Edible flowers: Harvest when the flower show strong color, as buds or as fully open flowers. Unopened buds can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days on slightly damp towel in covered container. Open flowers should be used immediately. To encourage continued flowering keep the beans picked.

USES:
Edible flower. For covering arbors, walls, and fences.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Phaseolus coccineus