Runner Bean, British Pop (Organic)
Phaseolus coccineus. Mix. 70-90 days.
A genetically diverse population of edible-pod type runner beans from the British Isles. We have loved growing runner beans from across the pond for some time now and with so many good ones in our trials, we decided to let the best coalesce into one big British Pop mix. Our favorites in this crossed-up mix are Tenderstar, Prizewinner, White Emergo, and Polestar. We have selected for vigor, yield, long pods, and a diversity of seed coat color – a rainbow of lavender pastels, black, white, tan, and speckles that are hard to describe. While the long and tender green pods are the main crop for this variety, the fresh shelled and dry beans themselves are also delicious. Since they are more tolerant of cooler weather conditions than common beans, they may grow back as a “perennial vegetable” if the ground doesn’t freeze too deeply in winter.
Direct sow 1” deep after danger of frost but before the end of June. Plant at 4” in-row spacing with 18” between rows. Requires something tall to climb. Well-suited for bean teepees made from bamboo poles. Prefers cooler temps and consistent moisture Collect seeds from beans that are fully dry (also good as a fresh shelling bean or green snap beans). Shell by hand or by dancing on the dry pods, winnow or screen to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter, moist beans squish.
Runner Beans are cross-pollinating. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.