PlantTherapy: A Great First Plant

PlantTherapy: A Great First Plant

Jun 26, 2008

Scarlet Runner Beans are pretty great all around, a good plant to try if you have a warm sunny spot, have never grown anything or want to do a fun activity with kids.

And here are the reasons why...


  • The seeds are huge, easy to handle and sow.
  • They germinate quickly, so you would see them growing in about a week.
  • They are best started when the weather is warm - even now would not be too late.
  • They give a great show, with bright flowers and big leaves, climbing up to 10' in the right circumstances.
  • They love to climb and it's fun to grow them on a trellis, gate, or bamboo supports.
  • They have beautiful flowers and also produce beans. You would at least get flowers, and if you are lucky you could also cook the beans you harvest.

Here are a few online sources if you can't find them locally:

matt at apartment therapy dot com

The top photo is by Unhindered by Talent, the bottom bean picture is by johnny.hunter via Flickr.

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