Growing Beans - climbing, also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P P          

(Best months for growing Beans - climbing in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 20 cm apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, spinach, lettuce, summer savory, dill, carrots, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry, cucumbers, zucchini, tagates minuta (wild marigold)
  • Avoid growing close to: Alliums (Chives, leek, garlic, onions), Florence fennel
  • A few young Scarlet Runners
  • Purple climbing beans

Grow beans up fences, trellis, sweet corn, trees. Almost anywhere can be 'vertically productive'.

Keep well watered and pick regularly to encourage new flowers. Watch out for snails, as they will eat through the stems near ground level, and will completely eat newly sprouted beans. If you have nice new beans plants one day, and none the next, then it is probably slugs or snails.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beans - climbing

Use young in salads - blanch and cool. Will freeze well.

Your comments and tips

15 Jul 21, VJ Pertzel (Australia - tropical climate)
Are there any beanfly resistant beans? It is so disappointing to keep losing our bean crops!
21 Jul 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I only grow them in the spring time - no bugs then.
16 Feb 21, Tom ( Queensland - sub tropical climate ) (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have been told that SCARLET RUNNER beans, will usually fail to flower and fruit in my sub-tropical Brisbane location, presumably owing to temperatures and humidity. If this is correct for usual planting times, so should I try growing them in our Autumn and Winter period ?
17 Feb 21, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
There are times of the year to plant a crop and times when not to. I don't plant beans in the autumn/winter - why because the bean fly kills them. Late summer autumn is usually a wet time with rain - rain is the giver of life to most things, plants insects disease. So now I grow my beans from late winter - no bean fly no problems. In sub tropical don't expect to grow much over summer - weather extremes are too hazardous for most plants. I live near Bundy.
17 Feb 21, Steve (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have given up on Scarlet Runners, had no success in Brisbane, some success in Southern NSW and good crop in Canberra. That should indicate the weather they like :-) I now grow dwarf beans only, fewer pests, bigger crops, no need for frames or teepees.
25 Oct 20, Kenneth Daunt (Australia - temperate climate)
I have some Purple King, first time with these, and they are climbing up the frame very well. I had a suggestion to pinch of the top to encourage them to spread sideways. Is this a good idea? If they keep going, now over 2 m high, I will have to train the leaders dideways or down as they will have run out of support. Cheers.
03 Jan 21, Pauline (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it ok to plant purple king in January
26 Oct 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have done two plantings of climbing beans recently, 1st crop has just finished and 2nd crop I'm picking now. I have trellises 2.4m long and wire mess 2m high. I plant seeds about 15-20cm apart. Didn't take them long to grow 2m tall. Mine just flapped in the wind and then started growing down the trellis. I'm picking 1kg each 2-3 days. So I don't think you need to pinch or train them sideways etc.
04 Jun 20, Josie (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Adelaide and my climbing beans still green are sending out flowers. I would have thought, their season would be over. The beans are rather small in comparison to what I was harvesting over autumn. Should I pull out the climbing beans and make room for a new vegetable? thanks
05 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
All depends what you want to do with the soil. If still producing a decent crop for the effort, leave them in. If you have had a good crop and/or you want to start preparing the soil for another crop then time to pull out. Like if I have spent $1.25 for 25 seeds and they have produced 3-4kg of beans worth $15-25 then I'm happy to pull out if production has dropped. With my dwarf beans in the spring I generally do 3 good pickings then it is time to pull out. I usually have 3-4 plantings following each other.
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