What are the pros? beautiful flowers, long vines
What are the cons? can't complain
I grew three types of runner beans this spring, Barnside Sweet, Sunset, and Painted Lady. I had some trouble getting all three going, but this was due to my lack of experience and can't be blamed on the beans. I have about 40 painted ladies, and they started producing flowers fairly quickly, some of the flowers being more distinctive than others. I had some that were almost completely red, and others that had the signature coloring, with a center so pale that it was almost white. All were beautiful. It gets very hot in the Phoenix area where I live, and though I water my plants twice a day, I have a feeling that they have been drying out a bit. Out of all my runner bean plants (80 total) I have only one bean, and it is on a very small painted lady that decided to fruit instead of run. Since it reached over 100 degrees a few weeks ago, they have all stopped flowering. I probably should have sewn them earlier than I did. I will plant more for the fall though, and expect better results.
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