Today we have been planting runner beans in the garden. Here is a guide for growing your own runner beans.

Runner beans are great! If you look after them, you will be able to harvest an abundance of beans throughout the summer. They are pretty easy for beginners too!

How to plant and grow runner beans

We planted our seeds in the greenhouse and have recently been hardening them off in a cold frame. Hardening a plant, means that you are getting it used to life outside. You do this gradually so the little plant you have nurtured won’t get too much of a nasty shock when the weather feels colder! They are sensitive little plants so be sure to only plant them out after the last frost of the year is expected.

runner bean seeds in the palm of a gloved hand

When your plants are ready to go out, make sure you water them about an hour before. In the meantime you need to build your bean plants some support, they do grow quite tall!

Build a Support for your Runner Beans

Using some canes to build a wigwam or a line of canes tied as we have done here.

example of a runner bean wigwam

Plant your bean plants at the base of each cane with the root ball level with the soil and gently firm the soil around it. Give the plant some more water.

watering can with an attached rose head watering small runner bean plants

Don’t worry about tying the plant to the cane as it will find it’s way, you can always give it a little encouragement as it grows by helping the plant twist around the cane.

The bean plant will bloom with some beautiful little flowers, each of these will become a runner bean, just make sure you harvest them regularly, so that the plant continues to work hard throughout the summer producing more beans and that the beans are tender and not stringy.

Planting Runner Beans FAQ:

When should I plant runner bean seeds?

You can plant your seeds indoors in the spring usually around late April. The plants can be planted out after the risk of frost has passed usually in late May or early June.

Can I grow runner beans in pots

Yes, runner beans can grow in pots, provided they have a support system to climb up.

How often should I harvest runner beans?

As often as possible, this helps to encourage the plant to produce more beans. Also, smaller beans are less stringy and more tender to eat.

Which way up should I plant the runner bean seed?

Plant the seed on its side (not flat) to help prevent the seed from rotting. Each seed has a little scar or mark on one side, which you face down (this is where the root grows from) However, the plant will correct itself even if you forget this and the root will still find the correct way to face.

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  1. Loved this post! I’ve mastered strawberries, so next stop – runner beans!

    Thanks for linking your post up to the #LifestyleLinkup! Hopefully see you back there next week!
    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

    1. admin Author says:

      Go for it Lyndsay! You must let me know how it goes.

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