Annual. With such magnificent clusters of rich red flowers, this variety is predominantly used as a flowering screen, vine, or fence cover. Little known is that this runner bean has an extremely rich, sweet flavor when picked young; can be shelled for green or dried beans when pods mature.
This packet plants one 5-foot fence/trellis, or two small or one large teepee. Instructions inside packet on how to build a bean teepee.
Days to Emerge:
When 1? tall
thin to 1
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when temperatures are warm. NOTE: In very hot summer areas such as the South and Southwest, sow in March for June harvest, and August for late September harvest.
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Harvesting: If harvested as a snap bean, harvest runner beans very young. They are ready to pick when the pod ?snaps? or breaks in half cleanly This is when seeds have just begun to form and the pods are 4" - 6" long. Hold stem with one hand and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches which may continue to produce. At season?s end, plants are great compost material if not diseased.
Artist: Eve Reshetnik