Runner bean - Phaseolus coccineus

A great, easy to grow, vegetable plant, even if growing on the smallest plot, they climb upwards using up very little space. Sow directly outside, in mid-May, by pushing seeds an inch deep into well prepared soil, or start off in pots, in early May, and plant outside once the first leaves have unfurlled. If growing up poles arranged as a wigwam or teepee, they can be underplanted with a marrow, courgette or pumpkin.

Suggested sowing time:


(Key: sow indoors,   sow outside,   sow outside under cover.)

Use:

Pick the beans when they are small, left on the plant they will get tough and stringy. Leaving beans on the plant will also reduce the number of future flowers the plant produces.

Varieties:

P. coccineus 'Celebration' - pink flowers
P. coccineus 'Firestorm' - A stringless, easy to grow bean. Similar to a french bean if picked when young.
P. coccineus 'Moonlight'
P. coccineus 'Red Rum' - bright, scarlet flowers with tender, long beans.
P. coccineus 'Scarlet Emperor'
P. coccineus 'St George' - red and white flowers.
P. coccineus 'Stardust' - White flowers with tender, stringless beans

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aubergine

Bell pepper, pepper

Cardoon

Celeriac

Celery

Columbine

Coriander

Cress

Cucumber

Floss flower, Ageratum

Forget-me-not

Ornamental pepper

Pepper

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Asparagus

Aubrieta, Aubrietia, Rock cress

Aubrietia, Rock cress

Beetroot, Garden beet

Borecole, Kale

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Courgette

Hollyhock

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Ornamental winter kale

Radish

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Runner bean

Spinach

Spinach, Summer spinach

Spring onion

Sweet corn

Sweet pea

Turnip

Outside under cover

Brussels sprout

Courgette

French marigold

Leek

Lettuce

Marrow

Onion

Snapdragon

Sweet corn

Tomato