Every perennial garden enthusiast should try growing Scarlet Runner Beans. This unusual flowering perennial plant is a colorful, low-growing perennial blend with large, fleshy beans, three yellow flower shades, and many edible, fresh young seed pods. The plants are climbing and spread by rhizomes, which are tubular, fleshy roots that climb up stalks. In addition to being a culinary bean crop, the plant is an ornamental grass, known to range from dark green to light green in colour, and a popular weed.
One of the most exciting things about growing runner beans seeds is that they're ideal for beginning organic gardeners who want to grow a fast growing perennial. Because of their habit of germinating early, seedlings can be sown in pots indoors and then transplanted outdoors when the weather conditions warrant planting. Seedlings can be planted in the sun or under partial shade. If you're planting seeds indoors, place them 6 inches deep in an empty window box. Young pods will burst open with the sun but if kept in the shade they'll produce lovely purple flowers.
One reason the seeds are so good for beginners is that they're so hardy and self-perpetuating. In fact, seedlings can last up to two years, even in poor soil. Most varieties of runner beans seeds are extremely drought resistant, meaning you won't have to water at all for these plants. In fact, there's no watering required! In order to get your seeds started, dig a hole that is twice the width of the seedling and twice the depth--the less space between holes the better.
One variety of runner beans is the Sugar Sativa or Blue Runner Beans, which actually come from a tiny lily plant that blooms in the late summer through fall. It is very easy to grow from seeds as the plants only need water to survive. Plant your seeds just beneath the surface in spring and just after the soil has begun to dry in summer. Since the plant needs very little moisture, it is also tolerant of poor soils and will grow well in a variety of conditions.
Another variety of runner beans is the Ladybugbean or the Red Runner Beans, which produces small purple pods. These seeds may be eaten raw or used in recipes. In addition to being extremely drought resistant, they also are an excellent source of protein and iron. If you want to try your hand at growing this seedless pod plant, dig six or eight holes in a row and put your seeds in.
After putting the beans in, fill in around them with dirt. Keep filling in until you have a level and compact soil. In order for your soil to get all the nutrients in, you should use compost as fertilizer. This will help build the necessary organic matter in your soil and add essential minerals.
When you are ready to sow your seeds, take the plants out of their pots and divide them into groups of four or five. For your next watering, bring each group up to the top of your deck or patio. Water your plants well before you think they are fully grown. In order for seeds to germinate, they must be in a warm and dark environment. You should leave your plants alone during their growing season, but make sure to keep an eye on them carefully during colder periods. They do best when they get about eight or nine hours of sunlight, but you shouldn't leave them out for more than one hour at a time.
The proper way to plant your seeds is to spread out the roots so that they get plenty of room to grow. Plant runners high, but don't keep them in the hole for very long. Once they start to sprout, you can move them to containers with a little bit more space. The best plants to grow from Runner beans seeds are the tall ones that have a deep green color to them, as well as those that flower beautifully.