2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
The Runner Bean is similar to the common bean but differs in the way that it is a perennial that has fleshy rhizome roots. However, because it is frost tender it is often grown like an annual in the UK. Fast growing with striking scarlet flowers this plant is as much of an ornamental as it is a vegetable crop.
Harvest the immature green pods can be harvested from the plant by cutting them from the stem. Continuous harvesting encourages higher yields.
Can be sown indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost in Spring or outside after the last frost. Plants will need staking or framework to climb once germinated. Sow 15-20cm apart.
Rhizomes can be divided to propagate the plant during the spring in warm climates.
Bright scarlet flowers stand out against the lush green foliage.
Runner Beans are legumes and so they enrich the soil with Nitrogen.
The immature bean pods can be used as a cooked vegetable.