Beans (Runner) Growing Guide

Phaseoulus coccineus

Beans (Runner)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Rich soil, well-drained but with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture.


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant



Rarely required.


Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the garden.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Strong supports needed for climbing varieties. Supply plenty of water to the roots from flowering through to harvest.


Pick pods young before they get stringy. To save seeds, allow selected pods to mature on the plants until papery, then pick and dry indoors


Leaf-eating beetles can trun the leaves into confetti overnight. Either hand pick them (they come out at night) or if there are too many, use a pyrethrum based spray

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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