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Magic Beanstalk

Scarlet Runner Bean

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Magic Beanstalk

Scarlet Runner Bean

(Phaseolus coccineus)
Vigorous Scarlet Runner Bean plants twine into showy full-leafed 10 to12 foot vines as quickly as Jack’s beanstal...
(Phaseolus coccineus)
Vigorous Scarlet Runner Bean plants twine into showy full-leafed 10 to12 foot vines as quickly as Jack’s beanstalks. They are soon covered with sprays of brilliant scarlet blossoms that attract hungry hummingbirds. Flowers are followed by wide, meaty edible pods. Left on the vines, the fat pods swell with fascinating big black and purple swirled “magic beans” to treasure (or cook up), or save and plant for another summer’s fairy tale garden.
Seed Count: 18-22 / Weight: 22 gms
$ 2.79

ANNUAL VINE

Summer/fall bloom with edible pods and seeds
Frost tender

 

EASIEST TO START DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN

In late spring once weather is warm and settled and nights stay above 50°F (10°C), plant seeds in a sunny spot. Erect well-anchored supports at planting time to support the rapidly growing vines. Poke seeds in 1 inch deep and 3 in. apart and firm soil over them. If training bean vines up poles, plant 4 or 5 beans several inches from each pole, or plant seeds 3 to 4 inches apart along a fence or trellis. Keep soil evenly moist while awaiting germination in 5 to 10 days.


THIN OR TRANSPLANT

Beans don’t transplant well, so we advise sowing seeds where they are to grow. Thin seedlings to 6 inches apart.

  

GROWING NOTES

Always wait until weather is warm before planting seeds so beans will germinate and grow well. Keep bean vines well watered. In very hot climates, beans will flower but not set pods until weather moderates in fall. Both the crispy bean flavored blossoms and the flat green pods are deliciously edible; let some of the pretty purple and black beans mature in their pods to use for tasty dry bean recipes.

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

April – June
Full sun
1 inch
3 – 4 inches
5 – 10 days
10 – 12 feet

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

April – June
Full sun
1 inch
3 – 4 inches
5 – 10 days
10 – 12 feet

Plant In

April – June

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Planting Depth

1 inch

Space Seeds

3 – 4 inches

Days To Germinate

5 – 10 days

Mature Height

10 – 12 feet

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