Seeds - Bean, Runner - Painted Lady Improved


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Description: Incredibly beautiful bi-colored blossoms are very attractive to hummingbirds and hummingbird moths. This strain is less affected by warmer temperatures than other runner beans and is a prolific bloomer. Runner beans are both ornamental and edible. For green beans, harvest when pods are tender and slice before cooking; for dried beans, let the beans develop in the pods. Excellent for freezing. Pole habit. Heirloom.

Pack Size: 25 seeds

Latin Name: Phaseolus coccineus
Alternative Names: Bicolour runner or Painted runner

Main Uses: Culinary, ornamental

Days to Maturity: 68 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: Vine, pole habit
Flower Color: Bi-coloured flower: orange and peach
Flowering Time: July and August

Germination: 7 - 14 days.
Outdoors: Direct seed once the risk of frost has passed. Runner beans can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures than snap and pole beans. Choose well-drained soil with average fertility. Amend the garden bed with quality compost such as Sea Soil.
Planting Depth: 1”.
Spacing: Sow seeds 4 - 6” apart in rows 18” apart. Thin to 6” apart once the first true set of leaves has developed. If you are planting around a pole, sow 8 - 10 seeds per pole and thin to 3 - 4 plants per pole.
Indoors: Start seeds 3 - 4 weeks before last frost date. For best results, fertilize from first watering with a kelp-based fertilizer such as Sea Magic™
Planting Out: Plant hardened-off seedlings in well-drained fertile soil once the risk of frost has passed.

Growing: Runner beans require a sturdy trellis or pole to accommodate their vining habit.

Watering (Garden): Water regularly to ensure flowering. Sufficient water is a must during flowering and pod set. Mulching at the base will help prevent moisture loss.

Fertilizing (Garden): Amend beds with quality compost such as Sea Soil. No further fertilizing required.

Growing in Containers: May be grown in raised beds or very large planters, such as barrels. Provide a trellis or pole.

Watering (Containers): Water regularly as top of soil dries out to the touch. Sufficient water is a must during flowering and pod set.

Fertilizing (Containers): Fertilize containers regularly with organic plant food. Jobes organic spikes are easy to use and effective!

Garden Companions: Beets, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, corn, eggplant, potato, radishes, kale, lettuce, peas, potatoes, Swiss chard, and strawberry.
Plants to Avoid: All members of the allium family (onions, leeks, garlic, scallions) and Kohlrabi inhibit growth in beans. Sunflowers will compete for light.

Pest/Disease Issues: Aphids can be washed off plants with a hard stream of water.

Harvesting: Runner beans can be eaten when young and tender. Harvest pods when they are 8” long and pick every few days to ensure tenderness.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.


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