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Runner Bean Butler
Butler runner beans are a vigorous growing variety producing large quantities of stringless pods with very good flavour and good length. They can grow up to 25cm long! As well as producing flavoursome beans, these also produce beautiful scarlet flowers. Some gardeners grow these just for the flowers!
Product Part Number: 30401
When to sow
When to Sow Butler Bean Seeds
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.
July to September
Keep picking regularly or any pods left will soon run to seed and prevent new growth and shorten the cropping season. Any surplus beans can be added to the freezer.
A good source of Vitamin C, Folic acid and Iron. High fibre content.