Runner Bean Scarlet Emperor (Phaseolus coccineus)
A popular early variety, producing heavy crops of large pods with an excellent flavour. They also make an attractive addition to your garden.
Sow seeds 3cm deep in trays or pots of moist compost, be careful not to over-water. Store in a warm place at an approx. tempreture of 16 degrees C (60 degrees F).
When seedlings are strong enough to handle they can be planted out, 12" (30cm) apart in your desired location in May. Harden off first.
Sow seeds 3cm deep direct in growing bed in rows 12" (30cm) apart, with a space of 6" (15cm) between each seed. Keep the soil moist. The beans will need support as they grow, netting or canes are ideal. Pick the pods regularly to extend the harvest period. Runner beans are deep rooted and therefore require a well cultivated, water retaining soil. Plant in a sheltered area and protect with cloches from late frosts.
Sow Indoors - May
Sow Outdoors - May-June
Row Width - 12" / 30cm
Harvest - July onwards
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