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

Phaseolus vulgaris, Phaseolus coccineus : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

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

(Best months for growing Beans - climbing in USA - Zone 5a 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

Your comments and tips

08 Sep 18, Nell (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Hi Jo, We have several varieties of Runners here in the US (including white half runner and pink half runner) that are usually dried then stored for over winter use. Maybe they are just more common in the mid-southern area of the US? The are my personal favorite bean. We absolutely have snails (smaller than you are used to ,I am sure) and slugs here, but it is drier here than London so they hide under rock and underground until it rains, or you can find them early in the morning if you have a heavy dew on.
06 Oct 20, Cynthia M LePere (USA - Zone 8a climate)
There is also the Scarlet Runner Bean.
20 Sep 11, Joan Roberts (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy runner beans to eat?
09 Nov 11, Julien (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
My seeds got rained on somehow and have started to sprout can I still use them ? They are climbing beans stringless blue lake
17 Dec 11, alby (Australia - temperate climate)
How tall Climbing Beans Grow?
18 Dec 11, Joseph (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Good question How long is a piece of string, but seriously climbing given a frame to climb over they are almost limitless, if they have plenty water and nutrients. Just keep harvesting the beans and the bounty should be great, also you may curse them like me with so many beans to harvest, plus they are great hiders behind the foliage, so look hard when picking. Cheers Joe
05 Jan 12, Amy Mitchell (Australia - temperate climate)
I’m growing climbing beans in a pot. I have put in stakes for support but haven’t tied them to it yet. I had someone look after my garden while I was away on holiday for a week and when I got back all the leaves are yellow and there’s a lots of little white flying bug things on them. Is it because of the heat that they are going yellow? And what are these bugs?
17 Jan 12, frank kroeger (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
why didnt my scarlet runner bean get any beans.had plenty of flowers and after that nothing.thank you frank
19 Apr 12, Richard (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
hi Frank, we had this same problem years ago in England and believe it or not it was the bees,''english bumble bees to be presice'' what they were doing was as they landed on the flower to pollinate it they were going to the back of the flower and biting it,so the result was the flowers fell off without being pollinated..It only happened the one year but it was very strange,i solved it by spraying the flowers with a sugar syrup mixture
01 Oct 12, Noodle (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Runner beans will only set pods with cool nights. Perhaps the nights were too warm where you grew them? Where I live they do not set pods until late autumn, then we have a few weeks before frost kills them.
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I have never had a glass house, but if I did and lived in a cool place, then I think the glass house would raise the temperature a lot inside to maybe temperate or even sub tropical levels. Apply that thinking to your planting and growing times.

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