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.
4.4615384615385 out of 5 stars
(13 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
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.
$2.99 25 grams (~20 seeds)

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

13 reviews

Laura in zone 5b

5 out of 5 stars Jul 22, 2018
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 from IN

scarlet runnners don't like the heat

4 out of 5 stars Aug 29, 2018
they look terrible in the hot weather and as soon as it cools off, they become their beautiful selves
fritz from UT

A Hit With The Bumble Bees

5 out of 5 stars Oct 16, 2018
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.
Lindsey from CO

Prolific Growth

5 out of 5 stars Aug 16, 2019
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.
Sarah from WV

Love this bean!

5 out of 5 stars Dec 8, 2019
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.
Paige from TN

Amazing Germination Rate

5 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2020
This is my first year of gardening and we bought a good portion of our seeds from Botanical Interests, and a few other seed packets here and there from different companies. I planted these beans down one side of an archway in our garden and my husband planted a different brand of pole beans on the other side. The difference is incredible! Every single bean from Botanical Interests sprouted, while the others had about a 50% germination rate! These beans aren't the only seeds I've noticed a difference with either. This has proven true almost across the board with all the seeds we have planted this year. The other major difference is the seed packet itself. Other brands have very little to no information on their packets. As a new gardener, this makes it very difficult and takes extra time as I have to research each type of seed and it's specific needs. Botanical interests eliminates the guesswork and provides abundant information, not just about how or when to sow, but whether or not to start them indoors or outdoors, the history of the plant, recipes, and a host of other extremely valuable information that is not just helpful to a newbie, but would serve to also further the knowledge of experienced gardeners. I am extremely impressed and will continue to purchase my seeds from Botanical Interests through my gardening "career."
Valan Bauscher from MT
Owner Response: Thank you, Valan! This really warms our hearts to hear!

Scarlet Emperor Pole Runner Bean Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Oct 1, 2020
I sowed the seeds in deeply amended soil after our last frost date the end of April, Zone 8b. Even though fenced, a Javelina was persistent in digging them up. Eventually after several sowings they began to grow here at almost 5,000ft. The hummingbirds did find the flowers; they squeaked with delight and visited every morning this summer. Now it is grasshopper season and all the bean vines have been eaten to the ground! So going forward next season I know what to expect.
Juanita L from AZ


5 out of 5 stars Jun 18, 2021
The ones from last year are regrowing so well (Zone 10a). The hummingbirds love them. I haven't harvested the tuber but am curious to bake one like a potato at the end of the year.
CL from CA

No beans

3 out of 5 stars Aug 22, 2021
Great germination, every bean I planted germinated. The plants are strong and healthy, with green foliage and red blossoms but no beans.
Jerome from WI
Owner Response: Hi Jerome, We are sorry you are disappointed with this variety however, bean production can be negatively impacted by heat and poor pollination and wouldn't be because of the variety or seed.

Bean plants can be flowers too

5 out of 5 stars Jan 6, 2022
I built a teepee out of bamboo and planted beans at bottom and wow they filled that whole thing and bloomed for two months with beautiful red flowers.
Mary from MI

Climbing Scarlet Pole Beans

3 out of 5 stars Jan 9, 2022
A very pretty flower grew on a vine, all summer, but no pole beans formed.
Marilyn from PA
Owner Response: Hi Marilyn, Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like the seeds performed well but due to pollination beans didn't form. Unfortunately, with the decline of pollinators, this has become a more common issue, Sowing pollinator-attracting plants like borage can sometimes help to put your garden on the daily path of pollinators. We sure hope you will try this beautiful, heirloom bean again. Happy gardening!

Flowers are pretty, deer love them !

3 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2022
These weren't as prolific as shown on package or online. The vine took until mid-summer to really get going m. The deer ate my first batch to the ground. The second vine was pretty and flowers were impressive but not full as 'advertised'. Perhaps weather/sun issues. Will try one more season.
Sharon from MI
Owner Response: Hi Sharon, Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like the bean seeds performed well (germinated). These plants, like most vegetables, will be dependant on environmental conditions for good production. A simple soil test is an excellent tool to understand if and how to amend your soil which is one factor we can influence. Full sun, good drainage, and rich soil (but not too much nitrogen) are important to growing healthy bean plants. I hope that helps. Happy gardening.

Bake these shell beans! Hummingbirds love the flowers!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 12, 2022
If you bake beans (and you should!) these can be added to the mix along with Maine Yellow Eye and Flageolets. They add a meaty texture and are delicious. Soak overnight with the other beans, parboil twice, use fresh water for the baking, add olive oil, butter, a little molasses and lots of dry mustard. YUM. I grow these every year next to other pole varieties, and while I'm working in the garden, the hummingbirds are constant visitors to the blossoms. A very cool, essential plant for me.
Abbie from ME

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