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. A perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer and grown as an annual anywhere else. Vines grow up to 4′-7′ long. Botanical Interests’® Scarlet Emperor Pole Runner Bean Seeds have been verified by The Non-GMO Project.
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.
75 days to maturity.
Outdoors: Sow 1-2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–85°F.
For Successive Sowings: Sow every 7-14 days up to 80 days before your average first fall frost date. In very hot summer areas, skip sowing as high heat approaches; temperatures consistently above 90°F will prevent beans from forming.
Indoors: Not recommended; bean seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance.
What is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom variety is one that has been passed down from generation to generation. Generally, the variety must have been around for at least 50 years. They are open-pollinated, which means they have been exposed to natural pollination methods like insects or winds. They aren’t hybrids or genetically modified.