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Phaseolus coccineus 'Scarlet Emperor'

Runner bean

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Red

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Runner beans are incredibly easy to grow, bearing masses of long, sweet-tasting beans all summer long. There's a huge range of cultivars to choose from, bearing red, white or bi-coloured flowers, adding to their ornamental value.

Phaseolus coccineus 'Scarlet Emperor' is an old favourite runner bean, with bright red flowers. It produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green pods with an excellent flavour.

Grow Phaseolus coccineus 'Scarlet Emperor' in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Keep plants well watered and harvest the beans regularly to prolong flowering.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Phaseolus

Species: coccineus

Cultivar: Scarlet Emperor

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews



eashe

I have this type of runner bean and I have had lots of runner beans from them. I planted them in a deep hole lined with newspaper then I put grass clippings in the bottom and placed in the plant and covered with compost. It has given me loads of runner beans.


from elspeth
age 12


eashe

I have this type of runner bean and I have had lots of runner beans from them. I planted them in a deep hole lined with newspaper then I put grass clippings in the bottom and placed in the plant and covered with compost. It has given me loads of runner beans.


from elspeth
age 12


cutie

runner beans are cooked whole, i usauly slice down the center. Pick while still young and tender before they get stringy.


jenniferkend

Mine too.....although Im not quite sure what to do with all mine, do you cook them with the pods on or take the beans out to cook???????


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