Days to Germination:6-10 days
Phaseolus coccineus. Floriferous Runner Beans love sun and well-draining, fertile soil. Plant Runner Beans when the soil has warmed to 60°F and all danger of frost has passed. Amend soil as needed with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-aged manure. Cool wet weather may necessitate a second planting: Runner Bean seeds rot in cold, damp soil. After planting, do not water until the sprouts emerge, unless it is very hot and dry. After emergence, and throughout the season, avoid watering the foliage. Water as needed by soaking the soil around the base of the plant and fertilize with fish or kelp emulsion as needed. Provide Runner Beans with a supportive structure on which to grow, such as a fence, rough poles, teepees, netting or a trellis. A prized heirloom, its gorgeous, pendulous flowers appear in tiers of salmon-scarlet and white against rich, blue-green foliage. Continuously remove the delicious edible pods well under 7" long in order to keep flower production at a maximum.