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

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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
  • 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

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.
01 Jun 20, Denise van der Marel (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there, thank you for your reply. I know they can grow up to 150cm. but I'm not sure if that categoriseses these beans as dwarf (bush) beans or climbing beans?
02 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Beans and peas are fundamentally different in how they climb. Peas send out little side tendrils that cling to trellises like tiny hands, and hold on that way – the central plant grows straight (ish) upwards, relying on it’s curly hands for support. Therefore, pea trellises need to include thin wires/strings etc, so that the pea’s little tendrils have something to hang on to as they grow. Beans, however, twine upwards with the whole plant, so they can handle chunkier trellises made of bamboo, wood etc. This is why they’re sometimes called pole beans – cause all they need is a pole, and up they’ll grow.
02 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I would say they are a bush as they don't have tentacles to attach themselves to a trellis/???.
26 May 20, Eric Brooker (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
Do runner beans grow up poles in clockwise direction? Anti clockwise here. Of course I need to know!
27 May 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I suggest you grow some, then you will be the expert.
03 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google it and read up about it.
21 Apr 20, KATHRYN SMITH (Australia - tropical climate)
Problem growing Beans of any sort.. Dying just after one inch tall. Well watered once a day in the middle of the day when plants start to stress and getting second set of leaves.. Can it be too hot or is there a fungis in my soil? What can I treat the soil with? Planted Snake beans but only a few came up. Not growing really well. Climbing beans not producing beans Have been using Blood and Bone and Seasol. Grew Marigolds in the bed last year.
02 Jul 20, Bec Care (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Kathryn, I live in North Queensland and was having the exact same problem! Tried growing climbing beans in three different areas of the garden , sunny during April/May, all sprouted fine and then died after 2 or so weeks. Watered well. Some say fertilise, others don’t. Some say water well, others don’t. I should try growing them again now but a little hesitant. Did you end up getting a crop?
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Do runner beans grow up poles in clockwise direction? Anti clockwise here. Of course I need to know!

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