Flower or vegetable? It's both! Green, broad oval leaflets forma a dense, yet delicate backdrop of large, showy sprays of flaming red flowers followed by foot long, edible pods. Pick the pods often to promote continued blooms. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Vines quickly and brilliantly cover porch, arbor, fence, trellis, walls, and other garden structures. An easy-to-grow plant that you will really enjoy. Mature height 10-12 foot vines.
EASIEST TO START DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN: In late spring once weather is warm and settled and nights stay above 50°F (10°C), plant seeds in a sunny spot. Erect well-anchored supports at planting time to support the rapidly growing vines. Poke seeds in 1 inch deep and 3 in. apart and firm soil over them. If training bean vines up poles, plant 4 or 5 beans several inches from each pole, or plant seeds 3 to 4 inches apart along a fence or trellis. Keep soil evenly moist while awaiting germination in 5 to 10 days.
THIN OR TRANSPLANT: Beans don’t transplant well, so we advise sowing seeds where they are to grow. Thin seedlings to 6 inches apart.
GROWING NOTES: Always wait until weather is warm before planting seeds so beans will germinate and grow well. Keep bean vines well watered. In very hot climates, beans will flower but not set pods until weather moderates in fall. Both the crispy bean flavored blossoms and the flat green pods are deliciously edible; let some of the pretty purple and black beans mature in their pods to use for tasty dry bean recipes.