This is my first time growing runner beans. I have 30 in pots on my windowsills and they are running away at an alarming speed very tall and skinny. Help , what do I do now ?
As soon as you feel pretty sure there won't be another frost then plant them out. But first harden them off by putting them outside in their pots and giving them some night time protection or bringing them in again if there is a frost forecast. I fear you have sown them a little too soon. Runner beans are tall and skinny anyway.
As you live in Sutton the risk of frost now is very small...follow above advice. You may have beans before the rest of us
Thanks every one for such a quick response, all your suggestions were very helpful. Verdun, I am going to plant the beans in two quite large deep raised beds that we recycled out of packing crates. The depth is aprox 45cm x 1200cm will this be Ok ? How would you place the canes ?
If you are in a windy place your bean cane structure can be a bit of a sail!! You can add further horizontal canes half way down or thirds if you are keen.
Great, thanks again. All makes sense now.
A friend cannot get a replacement plastic cover for a little greenhouse, so I suggested that she use the frame to grow her beans up, with guy ropes to stabilise it.
I'll start one right now Verdun