SCARLET RUNNER Ornamental Climber and Edible Bean
Annual - One Season Plant - Height 8 to 12 feet
See our test garden photo of: Scarlet Runner Bean
Colorful ornamental vine with attractive scarlet flowers in showy clusters. Beans are edible. Use as a snap bean when young or shell and cook as a lima bean when more mature.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed. Cover seeds with 1 inch of fine soil firmed down.
SPACING: Plant in rows or hills about 2 feet apart.
THINNING: When seedling plants are about 4 inches tall thin to about 4 to 6 inches apart, leaving the strongest plants.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon weather and soil conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Ideal annual vine to use with flower and shrub plantings. Beans grow best in a sunny location, where the soil is warm, loamy and lightly fertilized. Support with poles, trellis, string or fence. Water deeply by soaking soil. Make a Scarlet Runner Teepee for kids. Arrange bean poles in a circle leaning the tops together at the center. Leave an opening on the north side. Plant beans 2 or 3 to a pole on the outside. Teepee walls fill in as plants grow.