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Scarlet Runner Bean (Heirloom 80 Days )

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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Pamela S.
United States United States
grow every year

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

Diane C.
United States United States
Great Vine!

Great! Loved this vine, again should have ordered earlier in the season.

Frenchie P.
United States United States
Grew Well and Productive

The seeds grew well when planted in May here in zone 6b. Plants grew to have large amounts of flowers in summer, and began setting pods once the cooler weather came in the late summer. Pods vary on productivity from 1-6 seeds per pod. But with some site selection for the first year, seed saving could result in larger quantity per pod in future years. Seeing as this is a perennial species, we are mulching the roots and hoping for a more abundant harvest going into year two.

Ann C.
United States United States
Lovely Blossoms

I do love these scarlet blooms. I wish that I’d started them sooner as they are not climbing very high. Next year I’ll be better prepared. The blossoms truly are eye catchers.

Dorothy A.
United States United States
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