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Scarlet Runner Beans

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Scarlet Runner Bean (60-90 days)

Scarlet Runner Bean was introduced sometime before 1750.  This is the most famous and widely grown runner bean.  Runner beans are native to Mexico and Central America where they thrive in cool and humid upland terrain.  Perfect for the Pacific Northwest.

Scarlet Runner beans are very vigorous and can easily reach 20'.  A great producer of beans, they are perfect when small for snap beans or later as a dried shell bean. Shiny black seeds mottled with purple.

Also know for their red blossoms borne in masses of 20-40 on a flower stalk. Hummingbirds can't get enough of them!!

Be sure to grow them on a strong trellis or fence.  Perfect for making bean teepees (see picture).  You know, putting bamboo in the shape of a teepee and then planting beans on the outside.  In no time you have a living teepee!  Kids just love them!

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1.25" 60-150 70 7-10 24" 4-6" 24 lb. (fresh) Full

Planting Tips:

50-60 days for green, 100+ days for dry beans.  Some vines can reach 12’ long, so provide adequate support.  Not cold tolerant, beans need warm soil of 65 degrees or better.  Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield.  Grows best in full sun with well watered soil.  Boost yields and germination by adding inoculants.

Make sure to provide adequate support for these vigorous climbers!  A strong fence or twine hung on a strong pole will give them plenty of room to grow and good harvest yields.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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  • Author: Jane Lael
    Chinese/Japanese suyo cucumbers I've ordered and want to know how to best support them. Am ordering your scarlet runner beans. I live in Ecuador, can grow year round!
  • Author: Juliet
    I'm from New Zealand and grew up with Scarlet Runners. Now in Houston, TX I bought seeds from y'all last year and tried them in the fall - grew some leaves and flowers but no beans. I noticed this spring the beans that failed to sprout in the fall were coming through and so I planted the rest of the seeds.
    We now have loads of flowers, with beans ripening daily. Beautiful! And the best thing: they taste JUST like I remember. So very yummy. Thank you so much, Sustainable Seeds!

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