Tips on Growing Runner Beans and Flowers
Runner beans are a legume with a large amount of soluble fiber, which is very fiber rich. It is an annual plant and blooms during late summer through early fall. The plant itself is fast growing, so you may find it to be a bush or grass type. It comes in a variegated purple, pink or white blossom with a cream colored foliage. It has fleshy and rounded seeds and can be used in several ways.
As a garden crop: This is an excellent soil loving plant. It thrives in full sunlight and gets the required nutrients from its soil in a short time. It will produce a nice harvest in early fall. It will produce plenty when planted in the spring and continue to grow throughout the season. In the southern states, they can be grown along roads. They can be stored wet for the winter months when other vegetable crops need to be stored dry.
To grow them indoors: Growing them indoors is a good way to get a head start on replanting them next year. In order to grow this plant, you will need to have a dark area that receives about six hours of sunlight most days. When growing runner beans seeds indoors, they prefer a south facing window to grow in. Because of the shade, this plant won't use as much of your lighting as some other indoor plants do. However, keep in mind if you plant them on the side of a door, they will need bright fluorescent lights. Also keep away from direct sunlight on the flowers and pods.
Planting Tips: Although the plant comes in various colors, they are not very difficult to grow. You can place them anywhere in your home where you can receive some sunlight. The best place for them is in an area that gets a lot of morning sunshine, but is not too close to a door or windows. In addition, if you live in an apartment, you may want to consider planting them under a table or a small arbor. If you are growing them indoors, you can also place them in pots.
When you harvest them, they will produce blooms but are so small they will be hard to eat. If you plan to eat them, make sure you only pick the flowers off the trellis. Since the leaves are edible, you will want to eat them off instead of eating the seeds.
Planting Germination: Your seeds will germinate in about twelve weeks after planting. It is important to follow all instructions for plant spacing. For this reason, it is better to purchase seeds at your local garden center and then plant them yourself. The benefit of planting your own seeds versus purchasing them at a garden store is that you can customize your seed planting kit to exactly match your soil conditions, time of harvest, desired plant height and much more.
Planting Care: To reap the benefits of your beans, it is important that you provide them with the proper care they need to grow. As they grow, you will notice that the beans will go through a maturation process. During this stage, they will produce larger, black beans. The majority of seed packets indicate approximately when to expect they will begin to germinate and begin to produce. However, keep in mind that each variety is different, and it is very common for them to start producing as early as January or February in the northern states, while they may not begin production until April in the southern states.
If you would like to see your bean plants produce flowers, you will want to place them in either full sun or partial shade. Full sun will allow them to produce large amounts of blooms, while partial shade will help them survive the summer heat. If you are growing runner bean plants in your yard, there are some specific things you should do. For example, you should space them at least four feet apart, and you should ensure that they receive plenty of sunlight.