Runner Beans

Family: Fabaceae

Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, South America

Runner beans, also known by their botanical name of Phaseolus coccineus, are a tender perennial, that originates from Mexico and South America.

Runner beans are deservedly popular in the UK, they are an easy to grow vegetable that is both decorative and productive.

The more commonly known runner bean cultivars are tall growing, they can easily cover a 2m (7ft) wigwam, but many cultivars of runner beans are available, including dwarf varieties, cultivars with red, white, peach, and pink flowers, as well as bicoloured cultivars.

In the UK runner beans are usually sown outdoors from the end of May until the middle of June.  Runner bean seeds can be started off undercover, but unless you’re sowing dwarf cultivars (which can be started off early without any problems) this can become difficult, as the plants grow rapidly and need a wigwam or similar structure to climb.

Runner beans grow best in a soil which has a pH of 6.5, in full sun, or partial shade.

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