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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

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Scarlet Emperor' is an old favourite with bright red flowers. It produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green pods. The pods are very long, up to 38cm (15in), and have the stringiness we usually associate with older varieties of runner beans. Runner beans like a soil that has had plenty of organic matter worked into it.

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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