How to Grow Runner Beans
These plants are frequently grown as ornamentals because of their large, frequently bright red flowers and the edible seeds they produce.When to Plant Directly Sow the seeds directly into warm soil after the threat of frost has passed.
Requirements for Space Plant bean seeds 12 inches deep and 2-4 inches apart. Set rows apart by at least 24″
Runner beans are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including anthracnose, bacterial brown spot, and bacterial wilt. Grow your beans in different parts of the garden each year because some of these diseases can live in the soil for years. Work outside of your bean patch when the foliage is wet to stop the spread of bacterial and fungal diseases.
When and How to Harvest Runner Beans When the pods are dry and brittle and the seeds inside are hard, they are ready to be harvested.Before eating, runners must be soaked and boiled.Runner bean seeds can be kept dry for months or even years. Thaw the beans after freezing them in an airtight container if you think insects might be present in them.How to Save Runner Bean Seeds Life Cycle Annual Recommended Isolation Distance When saving runner bean seeds, divide the varieties into groups of between 160 and 500 feet.Recommended Population Sizes A single plant of runner beans can produce seeds that can be used. Keep seeds from 10 to 25 plants to keep a variety going over time.
Assessing Seed Maturity Harvest runner bean seeds when their pods are dry and brittle and extremely hard.
Harvesting: Pull the plants up and dry them further indoors if your runner bean pods are not completely dry by the first frost.Cleaning and Processing When the runner bean pods are completely dry, you can extract the seeds by breaking them open. Sort the chaff from the seeds. You can thresh and winnow the pods to separate the seeds from the chaff if you are saving a lot of runner bean seeds.Storage and Viability Store runner beans in an airtight container to keep out moisture and humidity in a cool, dark, and dry location. Runner bean seeds will continue to be viable for three to four years in these conditions.