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Does anybody know how big the runner beans get before you pick them? I have no idea and they are starting to grow already! I dont want to pick them too early and not too late!


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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    I have bean...sorry been told that its a good idea to put cardboard and / or newspapers into a trench before you plant beans and leeks.


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  • Hannah_Banana_

    Runner beans grow tall, about 6 feet or so!  They need plenty of water, so out with the watering can a lot! make sure you put up a frame if you are growing them up a fence, my father put a fillet of wood going across the top and nails at 4 inch intervals and do the same at the bottom.  Then tie strings from top to bottom, runner beans need a sturdy frame to support them.  Train your plants to grow right to left and keep watering them.  Runner bean plants will flower before they are ready for picking, some have red, some white.  The beans will be ready for picking in the Summer, don't let them grow too big or they will be tough, they are ready for picking when they are between 6 and 8 inches long, before you can see the bean from the outside.  You can also grow runner beans in a large tub, just put canes in and make it like a wigwam!  I rather like the strain called ''White Lady''

    Keep picking the beans and you will get more.  Happy eating!  image

  • TaskerTasker Posts: 29

    Made the mistake of letting my grow too big last year, yuck! will be picking shorter and more often this year.

  • suzzyqsuzzyq Posts: 1
    how many plants to 1 cane would you suggest .
  • lizzalizza Posts: 1

    I think I have made the mistake of planting my runner bean 'seeds' to early - they have been indoors and were growing up the kitchen wall already - so today I have planted them outside - I just hope its not too early and cold and they perish.

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