Prizewinner, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Was given its name because it is one of the best runner beans since 1892. This plant, which is tall, blooms for a long time in scarlet-red, yields a rich harvest of 20-25 cm long, fleshy pods without fibres and a typical taste of beans. The seeds are black/light-violet in colour.  Prizewinner is one of the best runner beans we have tried growing outdoors. A portion contains about 20 seeds.


 

Product number:8655
Scientific name:Phaseolus coccineus
Botanic family:The Bean Family - Fabaceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:67
Lifespan:Annual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:June
Sowing depth:3–5 cm
Germination time:7–10 days
Plant spacing:10–15 cm
Row spacing:35–50 cm
Height:200–300 cm
Plant location:Sun
Harvest/blooming:August–frost
Seeds/g:1 seed
Other:Sow in warm soil 
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

One cannot sow too early, for if the seeds are to germinate and not rot, the soil must be warmed up to at least 12oC, preferably 16oC for un-disinfected seeds. Sow the beans 3-5 cm deep!

Spacing

Keep 10-15 cm between the plants and 30-50 cm between the rows! The rows can be closer together in beds, but be careful. Beans should grow in an airy manner. If the climate is damp it is better to choose a wider distance between the plants and the rows. The Bean spot disease, a common fungal disease, can easily hit the plants, especially if they grow to close together.

Harvest

Pick off the pods often! Do not wait until they are too big, for then they grow more or less fibrous and get tough. The bean plant produces more pods as long as the old ones are picked. The beans can be frozen after parboiling or dried. Preservation is an old reliable method of keeping fresh beans and souring is too.  

Seed

The seed is large and beautiful. 1 seed weighs about 1 g.  A portion contains 20 grams and sows 2-3 metres. 
The runner bean is not self-pollinating like other beans and must have help from insects.