Scarlet Emperor has been a firm favourite for decades! It produces long straight pods of exquisite flavour. This variety freezes well after slicing and blanching for out-of-season treats! Seeds of this variety come from organically-certified parent plants grown on organically-certified land.
Sow individual seeds in 8cm (3in) pots filled with seed compost and keep pots in a frost-free greenhouse while frosts are likely. Keep compost moist but not saturated at all times. Accustom the young plants to outside conditions by day for 2-3 weeks before planting them to their permanent position outdoors. Allow 60cm (24in) between rows and 20cm (8in) between plants. Ensure supports are provided before planting.
Runner bean seeds are sensitive to cold, wet soils and will not germinate in unfavourable conditions. We recommend that you do not sow seeds outdoors until mid May.
Direct sow in mid May outdoors to a depth of 5cm (2in). Allow 60cm (24in) between rows and 20cm (8in) between plants. Ensure wig-wam or other supports are in place before direct sowing.
Water at the base of the plants generously mornings or evening from seedling stage. Water both mornings and evenings in particularly dry spells.
When in flower provide a mist spray of water to the leaves and flowers, in addition to watering at the base of the plants, to encourage flower and bean production.
If growing in an exposed site provide a windbreak to reduce wind-damage.
Harvest and freezing
Pick the beans when they are young and tender to encourage plants to remain productive longer. Runner beans freeze well. Simply slice and blanch them in boiling water for up to two minutes. Then drain and cool before bagging them up for freezing.
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