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

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(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 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 8 inches 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
    A few young Scarlet Runners
  • Purple climbing beans
    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

16 Jan 18, Colleen Middleton (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How many years will runner beans regrow for, before having to replant them? I am having a very good yield in their second season...they did take a long time to sprout initially ...possibly due to a cooler than usual early to mid spring.
07 Jan 18, Maurice (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Bumblebees nipping off scarlet runner bean flowers. One writer suggested sugar syrup what quantities and how often do you spray them. Otherwise any other suggestions would be appreciated. .
23 Nov 17, Faye (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you, Mike, for replying to my query. We don't know anymore than they are called 'runner beans' in the supermarkets and fruit & veg shops in the UK. We will be there again next year and I will endeavour to find out more. Regards Faye
11 Jan 18, Janet stevens (Australia - temperate climate)
I am gardening in west Australia south of Perth, planted runner beans, as I do in uk, scarlet emperor, came up climbed the poles produced plenty of flowers(more than in the uk) and I have just picked the two beans produced after regularly watering and the tending them lovingly. I think the problem is the flowers were never pollinated, never seen a bee here, and with the excessive wind here the flowers just blew off! What do you think?
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Ask the supermarket or F&V shop owners what variety they are and then check the seed selling companies. Or take a photo of them and compare to beans on the net.
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
This is the heading at the top of this page. "Growing Beans - climbing, also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners". Most vegetables have several names - different countries call them different names. You would not be able to import them - quarantine rules. Go to the web sites I suggested and pick a variety or two and try growing them.
20 Nov 17, Faye (Australia - temperate climate)
My friend really loves the runner beans that he gets in the UK. Where can I get seeds in Australia. Are they the same as scarlet runner beans mentioned in here?
21 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Ask him what variety it is. Google seed selling companies in Australia- Boondie, Seed Collection Company, New Life seeds. They have different climbing beans. They sell small quantities for $1 or so.
12 Oct 17, Jill Farr (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I grew Scarlet Runner beans last year and while the plants grew well, they didn't grow any beans on them! I was surprised as I have grown them before many times and never had this problem. I am about to plant some for this season, but am keen to receive any ideas about what I could do to ensure getting a good crop.
13 Sep 17, PETER B HART (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Please can anyone in your organisation assist and guide me. I live in Sydney Australia. I am looking for information on vegie plants and herbs. I have a lot of time as a retired person. I also have space to grow vegies. However for the last two years I have failed. Along the brustic fences I have prepared beds of 1.5 mtrs x 6 mtrs. Good super soil as called by the supplier, was put in to the beds for a depth of a foot. I also have my own compost bins and put in a lot of effort in mixing etc through the year. So this compost of 40 : 1 Brown and Gtreen matter, is also added. the plants start well and for all the effort i get about 3 cucumbers and other beans, Oakra, capsicums etc grow halfway and then die. Presently in spring they get partial sunlight, but not a lot of direct sunlight. Could the neighboring tree roots be responsible for this problem. I love my gardening and spend at least 4 hours or more a day. PLeeeeese can anyone help me or can I talk to someone. A Horticulturalist might help me. Thank you so much in anticipation. Warm regards Peter
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I grew Scarlet Runner beans last year and while the plants grew well, they didn't grow any beans on them! I was surprised as I have grown them before many times and never had this problem. I am about to plant some for this season, but am keen to receive any ideas about what I could do to ensure getting a good crop.

- Jill Farr

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