The unique peach pink flowers freely set to give an abundant crop of long, often stringless pod of outstanding texture and flavour. Decorative enough for the flower border, this is a reselection of the very variety ‘sunset’. Remember runner bean flowers are also edible, and make an unusual tasty garnish.
Indoors: April –May
Outdoors: May- June
Sowing Indoors: Seeds can also be sown individually in 8cm (3in) pots of seed compost. After sowing, place pots in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse. Keep moist but not saturated. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions before setting them out from April onwards to their cropping positions allowing 20cm (8in) between plants in the row. This often gives an earlier crop then outdoor sowings.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow individual seed 5cm (2in) deep and 10cm (4in) apart. Broad Beans and usually sown in double rows about 20cm (8in) apart. Allow 60cm (24in) between each set of double rows. Runner bean seed is sensitive to cold wet soils, and will not germinate in unfavourable conditions. We therefore recommend you do not sow seed outdoors before May. Runner beans require support (see below) and its best to have this in place before you sow.
Support: As runner beans climb, they will need support. A frame of canes and strong netting is ideal, or the beans can be grown up wigwams of sticks or canes. Ensure any structure is at least 180cm (6ft) high.
Aftercare: Water generously in dry spells. Runner beans thrive in a sunny position which is not exposed to cold winds.
Harvest: August- September. Pick the beans with they are young and tender. This encourages plants to remain productive longer.
Freezing: Runner beans freeze well.
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How to Guide
Pick beans when they are young and tender. This encourages plants to remain productive longer.