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Scarlet Runner Bean (Heirloom 80 Days )

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Grown more as an ornamental than as a food crop, the young pods of Scarlet Runner are edible and very nutritious. Vines grow quickly and easily, and should be supported to a height of 8’. Blooms are a radiant, fiery color, somewhere between scarlet and orange, and are held in clusters on 12” stems that hold up very well as a cut flower. 

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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Dorothy A.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Scarlet Runner Beans for Hummers

I wanted the beans primarily for the blooms to attract hummingbirds. I have not been disappointed . I planted seeds in two large pots and others in my carport planter—At each end that have tall posts. The seeds came up soon, grew quickly, and have many blooms. The Hummers are loving them. Have few beans but will keep an eye out for them. Thank you so much

Phyllis J.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Special for hummingbirds

I ordered these in April I think, planted them mid-month and they were ready for outside before outside was quite ready for them. Since they’re for the hummingbirds I just popped 6 of them in a large pot and kept them under a grow light a little longer. I put the pot in the garden and can tell you the deer love them. I had extras so there will still be some for the hummingbirds

Douglas B.
United States United States
I recommend this product
bean growth

fine. beans grew quickly. Flowers were great. No beans yet

Patricia w.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Beautiful Scarlet Runner blooms!

Beautiful bright scarlet blooms, all over the plants. I may have been a little over-zealous in my small garden area, (every single bean I planted came up) but the vines are flourishing. I don't know if we'll eat the beans, but the pollinators like the blooms, and that's what I wanted.

Madelene C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Good service, liked the packaging and into on the seed packet.