Runner Bean ‘Enorma’
Runner Bean ‘Enorma’ lives up to its name producing a bounty of delicious Runner Beans.
Runner Bean’s were the first vegetables I ever grew. Technically a tender perennial, they have been cultivated for generations and as a result of the work done by plant breeders the varieties we see today are some of the easiest, most beautiful and productive plants you can grow. There is not a year that they don’t feature in my garden.
These fast growers are perfect for rapidly covering arbours, walls and hiding fences. They are also a brilliants backdrop for your flower photography.
The bright flowers are edible with a mild, sweet flavour.
How to Grow:
Runner Bean plants are frost tender and they grow very quickly so don’t start them too early.
Start seeds undercover from April in 9cm pots. Seeds benefit from a bit of warmth for germination, a steady temperature of 20-22°C is ideal.
Plant spaced 25cm apart leaning towards strong uprights. These vines have a twining habit so it might be helpful to tie them in initially.
Runner beans need more alkaline conditions to grow well. For neutral or acid conditions you can ‘sweeten’ the soil, raising the PH, by adding garden lime. This will make soils less acidic or you could try our new patio variety ‘Jackpot’ which grow happily in a container with no staking required.
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Variety: Phaseolus coccineus
Type: Tender Perennial grown as an Annual
Position: Full sun, 25cm apart, preferring alkaline soil
Sow: Spring – Summer
Height: 7ft (2.1m)
Seeds per packet: 20
Harvest: Grown for the pods rather than the actual beans. Pick while they are still young and tender, they should ‘snap’. If left to mature pronounced bumps will appear along the length as beans develop. Pods will lose flavour, become stringy and fibrous as the water moves to the bean. Regular picking encourages new young beans to develop and help to ensure a continuous crop through to late summer. Flowers are edible.