What are the pros? Beautiful flowers, productive
What are the cons? Fall prey to pests and mold
My first time growing runner beans. Of the several varieties I planted these took the cake when it came to height. I planted the whole packet lined up against a 6ft tall fence and had to continuously add poles and string as the vines kept outgrowing them. I think the frost finally killed them at at least 9-10 feet, but I stopped adding additional support and they fell over as they kept growing. Millions of flowers attracted hummingbirds and a lot of bees...and stinkbugs. Horrible year with stinkbugs.
Heat causes blooms to all drop and pods to not form. Once August hit they finally started developing pods and I was shelling dry beans daily in October. I shelled a lot of immature beans to cut in half and freeze. Made delicious venison chili with those beans. Bean pattern is beautiful. Dry beans are brown with a white streaky splash, immature beans are grey with a white streaky splash. Did not try to eat as young pods. But the beans were delicious!
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