Seed To Bloom:
45-55 days to harvest
Direct sow a couple of weeks after last frost into warm soil.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Runner beans are increasingly popular for their ornamental flowers that attract hummingbirds to our gardens. However, their roots in our horticultural heritage stretch back to colonial times, for the vigorous and productive vines offer fresh and dried beans. They twine around sturdy teepees, and summer brings vibrant flower tresses ornamenting their rich green foliage. Grow as focal points in cottage and vegetable gardens, and pick the young beans often to keep them in maximum bloom. Do not grow near fennel, as it will inhibit bean plant growth.
Even moisture, 1" a week or more during hot or dry spells.
Slightly acidic , pH 6.5-6.8
Mix in 1-2" inches of compost before planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Handpick any bean beetles and their yellow eggs on the leaf backs and use organic insecticides if more control is needed. Space plants well apart for increased air circulation to discourage disease. Avoid working around plants when the leaves are wet to avoid the spread of any fungal disease.