Scarlet Emperor Pole Runner Bean Seeds

This packet sows up to 10 feet or one 4-foot diameter teepee. See inside packet for instructions on how to build a bean teepee.
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With such magnificent clusters of rich-red, edible flowers, this variety is predominantly used as a flowering screen, vine, or fence cover. Little known is that this runner bean has an extremely rich flavor when picked young and can be shelled for green or dried beans when pods mature.
$2.49 25 grams

Botanical Name: Phaseolus coccineus

Days to Maturity: 75 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer; otherwise grown as an annual.

Plant Dimensions: 4'–7' long vines

Variety Information: When young, 4"–6" long, flattened, dark green; used as snap bean. When mature, up to 12" long pods used for shelling.

Type: Runner bean

Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up to 80 days before your average first fall frost date. NOTE: In very hot summer areas, skip sowing as high heat approaches; temperatures consistently above 90°F will prevent beans from forming.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; bean seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 6 – 12 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 6"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: Not required

Harvesting: Snap beans are ready to pick when the pod "snaps" or breaks in half cleanly. This is when seeds have just begun to form and the pods are several inches long (depending on the variety). Hold stem with one hand and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches, which will continue to produce. Harvesting early and often will stimulate flower production for more beans. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.

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Scarlet Emperor Pole Runner Bean Seeds Reviews

5 reviews
Laura in zone 5b
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I plant this lovely bean every year in both the vegetable and flower garden. Beautiful red flowers and nice vines. I don't care to eat the beans, never tried the flowers in my salads, but may if I can bear to pluck them off. I prefer the loveliness on the vines.
Laura Richey

scarlet runnners don't like the heat
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they look terrible in the hot weather and as soon as it cools off, they become their beautiful selves

A Hit With The Bumble Bees
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I grew these for the first time this year. The gorgeous red flowers were a huge hit with the bumble bees. The beans are good if you pick them young and cook them. They get pretty woody when you let them get large. If you let them get really large, the beans inside are just as pretty as the flowers. They are kind of pink with grey-ish blue spots on them. We cooked them and ate them too, in small quantities.

Prolific Growth
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This plant grew so well, sending tendrils around the garden fence, a nearby tree and my tomato cages (companion planted them as a border to a tomato and borage garden); They produced lovely flowers that attracted hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees; We had extreme heat in our area throughout June and July, so the beans only recently fruited. We now have a nice crop of delicious, large pods! I will plant these every year from now on.

Love this bean!
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This may be the coolest bean we've ever grown. The flowers are bright orange/red and really draw attention to the garden, even from our neighbors. It's a touch of color in a mostly green landscape so we really enjoyed the view and the butterflies loved it. The beans themselves are huge and taste great. They also have the most unusual purple color with pink flecks in them. They all came up even though I planted them later in the spring than according to the instructions. They did stop producing in the hottest part of summer but once it cooled off we did get another smaller crop. This is one we will grow again.

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