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Painted Lady Runner Bean (Heirloom 65 Days)

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Attractive sprays of scarlet and white edible flowers, loved by hummingbirds and butterflies, turn into young edible pods that are thick, meaty with an extra sweet flavor. Mellow flavored seeds can be cooked or left to dry for storing. Species originated in the mountains of central America and has been cultivated for over 2000 years. Hardy to zone 7 but in cooler regions, you can dig up the roots and store for next season for earlier flowering. 

25 seeds



Phaseolus coccineus

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep 

Starting Indoors: 2-3 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1-2 seeds per cell/pot.  Provide 70-80ºF soil temperature. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 8-12" apart.

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 55-60ºF. Sow 4-6” apart, thin to 8-12". Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination. 

How much does a packet plant: 8-10 foot single row 

Harvest: Young tender snap beans until they become fibrous; steamed, baked, boiled, or sautéed. Young seeds can be shelled and cooked like lima beans. Dried beans take a long time to cook and can be soaked 6-8 hours before cooking. Add the edible flowers to salads

Tips: Provide support with a trellis, fence, or poles. Keep beans harvested to encourage more flowers. Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. 



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Diane C.
United States United States
Delicate vine

Very good

Carolyn G.
United States United States
Painted Lady Runner Beans

The ordering process was easy & my order arrived in a timely manner. My beans have started to bloom! So beautiful! Thank you so much!

Marlene L.
United States United States
Pentas Seeds

I haven't planted the lady runner beans yet, but I am getting discouraged with the Pentas. Only 3 seeds have come up so far out of the whole package. I will let you know about the runner beans this summer, I am going to plant them in my butterfly garden.

Pinetree Garden Seeds

HI Marlene, I am sorry for the slow germination. The Pentas are surface sown and need light to germinate and can take up to 21 days to come up. We do have a 90 day guarantee on our seed germination. Thank you!

Pamela S.
United States United States
grow these every year

grow these every year in a mix with Sunset and Scarlet - they are prolific and gorgeous and take no work at all.

Shirley D.
United States United States
Painted Lady Runner Bean

Great. My plants have just started to bloom this week. I'm quite happy with them.