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Runner Bean Benchmaster
Runner Bean seeds "Benchmaster" boasts deep red flowers which then go on to produce long straight tender pods that reach up to 40cm (16") in length. This variety produces an abundance of high quality beans that hang in clusters.
Of all the different types of pulses, runner beans are probably the most popular for home growing.
Product Part Number: 30439
When to sow
WHEN TO SOW
April to June
WHERE TO SOW
Early sowings can be made underglass at a temperature of 16°C, sow 3 seeds per 8cm (3in) pot filled with seed sowing compost. Outside sowings can be made from May onwards into the growing site 5cm (2in) deep. Sow 2-3 seeds every 20-30cm(8-12in) apart with rows spaced 60cm (24in) apart.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Seedlings sown underglass should be gradually hardened off before planting outside in late May to the above spacing, once all risk of frost has past. Place a support cane at each planting station. Alternatively circular plantings can be made with canes joined at the centre to form a wigwam. For optimum crop, place canes 30-45cm (12-18") apart with 3 beans planted per cane. Water regularly during dry weather.
May to July
Sow small amounts are regular intervals to ensure a continuous supply of beans throughout the season. Purple beans turn green when cooked.
A good source of vitamin C, folic acid and Iron. Also has a high fibre content.