Striking edible flowers.Scarlet flowers against green, heart-shaped foliage. Rapid climbers. Beans are edible and delicious when young. Keep pods picked for continuous bloom. May simply be called scarlet runner. A hummingbird favorite.
• Edible Flowers: The flowers offer a mild and sweet flavor. Use them to garnish or in salads, soups, and desserts.
Ht. 72-96". Avg. 430 seeds/lb. Packet: 55 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 4-7 days at 60-70°F (16-21°C).
SOWING: Transplant: Sow 2-3 weeks before last frost. Plant 2 seeds 1" deep in individual cell packs
or containers. Thin to one plant per cell or pot. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.
Direct seed: After last frost, when the soil temperature is at least 60°F (16°C), sow about 6 seeds per foot, 1" deep. When seedlings have true leaves, thin to 4-8" apart.
Use a nitrogen-fixing inoculant for increased flowering and bean yields. Trellis or other support is necessary.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Fertile soil with high levels of humus.
PLANT SPACING: 4-8".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Edible flowers: Harvest when the flower show strong color, as buds or as fully open flowers. Unopened buds can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days on slightly damp towel in covered container. Open flowers should be used immediately. To encourage continued flowering keep the beans picked.
USES: Edible flower. For covering arbors, walls, and fences.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaseolus coccineus