Scarlet Runner Bean - Ornamental Edible Flower and Bean Vine (Phaseolus coccineus) Open Pollinated Vine Edible Beans and Flower
Annual - Indeterminate
The Scarlet Runner Bean is a vibrant and versatile ornamental vine with edible flowers and beans and is an open-pollinated variety. This annual bean species is characterized by its indeterminate growth; it is known for its dual purpose nature, as they can be grown for their beautiful blossoms and for their edible pods and seeds, and are a highly popular choice among gardeners and enthusiasts.
The Scarlet Runner Bean boasts striking crimson flowers and lush green foliage, making it an ornamental addition to any garden. Its prolific vines can reach impressive heights, often exceeding 10 ft, and creates a stunning vertical garden display!
The Scarlet Runner Bean offers delicious and tender pods that can be harvested at various stages of maturity. When young, the pods can be enjoyed as crisp and flavourful green beans, while the more mature pods can be left to develop plump, edible seeds. These beans have a unique and rich flavour profile, often described as a combination of nutty and earthy notes, and they are a popular ingredient in soups, stews, and salads.
These beans can be saved and replanted from year to year, preserving their unique characteristics, as they are an open pollinated variety. Their vibrant appearance and ability to attract pollinators also make them a valuable addition to any pollinator friendly garden.
- Full sun
- Well-draining, fertile soil that's rich in organic matter. These beans appreciate soil that's consistently moist but not waterlogged.
- Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Plant them about 1/4 in deep in warm soil.
- Transplant seedlings into 1 in cells or 2 in pots when they reach the 1 to 2 leafs stage. If your plants become leggy due to insufficient light, don't be concerned. When you transplant them outdoors, bury more of the stem, and this will produce additional roots along the buried section and provide more strength.
- Germination: 7 to 14 days in most cases
- Spacing: 24 to 36 in apart.
- Harden off after the last frost has passed, for 4 to 5 days before transplanting them into the outdoor garden.
- Seed Count: 10