Runner Bean- Scarlet Emperor

Phaseolus coccineus

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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Runner Bean- Scarlet Emperor

Phaseolus coccineus

  • Climbing
  • Delicious long flat green pods
  • Attractive scarlet red flowers

Runner beans are a different species to common (French) beans and have some unique characteristics. Frost tender perennial but normally grown as an annual. Attractive fast growing vine with lush green foliage and sprays of scarlet red flowers. Plants produce masses of long, flat, green beans that grow to around 20cm. Beans can be eaten raw when very young and tender, cooked like a common bean when larger or left to mature and used as a dried bean. Young beans have a deliciously sweet and rich flavour. Fast growing and heavy cropping. Very attractive plant; is often grown as an ornamental. Does best in cooler climates. Also known as Seven Year Bean, Scarlet Runner Beans and Multiflora Bean.

How to sow and grow:

Method: Sow direct
Sowing Depth: 25mm
When: Spring and early summer
Germination: 4-7 days @ 16-22°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle: Frost tender Perennial (grown as an annual in cool climates)
Row Spacing: 100cm
Plant Spacing: 15cm
Position: Full sun, well drained soil
Days to Maturity/Flowering: 70-90 days
*Notes: Plants need a medium to climb over; trellis, A-frame or fence are all popular solutions. Pick regularly to encourage more growth.

(Product number: X-028_P)
Seeds per gram: 1 seeds

SKU X-028_P
Botanical name: Phaseolus coccineus
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 10 seeds
Seeds per gram: 1
Photo credits:

Photo by 70023venus2009/ CC BY-ND 2.0

Photo by Bill Burris/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / cropped

Runner Bean- Scarlet Emperor

29 January 2021
The plant itself grows very healthy, but no beans could be harvested from it.

TheSeedCollection Response
This is a common pollination issue. Please see are article on Runner Beans here:

Goodlooking plant, not a favourite of the bees

5 January 2019
This grew beautifully, and I loved the flowers. However, our bees ignored it, meaning no pollination and no beans.

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