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Runner Bean Enorma ELITE Seeds - Large Grower Pack

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Runner Bean Enorma ELITE is a the latest strain of this widely grown prizewinner type, and is favoured by competition growers for its long straight pods, 28 - 30cm in length.

Reselected by one of the UK top vegetable breeders, Enorma Elite has red flowers, with purple seed and very good flavour. The superior slim, stringless pods are produced over a long period, with a long harvesting period from July onwards.

Only Available as a large Grower Pack.

Runner Bean Enorma ELITE Sowing Guidelines
When to Sow Seeds: Late April - In Cell Trays
May, Jun - Cell Trays or Outside
Germination Temperature: 15C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 7 Days
Frost Hardy: No, also protect from cold winds.
Spacing Between Plants: 30cm
Row Spacing: 50cm
Plant Height: 180cm

General Runner Bean Growing Guidelines

Runner Beans are particularly sensitive to the cold, and even when temperatures are above freezing cold winds can damage runner bean plants, so don't be tempted to plant ouside too early.

Enorma Elite Runner Bean SeedsSowing

For those that want an earlier crop, you can sow the seeds early indoors to get a head-start. Runner Beans are fast growers so there is no need to sow before the end of April. Sow a single bean seed in a large cell tray or a 9cm pot filled with good quality compost. Water, label and place on a warm windowsill to germinate. Runner Bean seeds usually will be ready to plant out after about three weeks. Before planting out, ensure you harden the plants off.

For later sowings, beans can be sown direct into their growing positions after mid May to the middle of June. Plant two seeds to each cane about 5cm deep. After germination remove the smaller, weaker of the two plants.

Growing

Runner beans prefer a moist, fertile soil in a sunny location that is sheltered from strong winds. Before planting, dig over the soil, and adding plenty of compost or manure. Then create a support for the plants to climb up. Either make a wigwam with canes, or a row of canes. Each row should be 60cm apart and canes spaced 15cm apart in the row.

For Runner Beans plentiful watering is essential. They should be watered particularly heavily, and twice a week in dry weather, especially when the flower buds appear and once they're open to aid flower set. Because Runner Beans are shallow rooted, don’t hoe around the plants too deeply as you may damage the roots. Feed regularly, but choose a feed low in nitrogen - bean plants produce their own from the soil, so is not necessary.

Runner beans are pollinated by insects, if you have problems growing beans due to poor harvests, we suggest you try one the newer self pollinating varieties before giving up.

Harvesting

Regular picking of the beans is essential - the more you pick, the more they will produce. Runner beans are at their best when picked young and tender. As the pods get older they develop a 'string' and become tougher. If you let them go to seed the plants will consider their jobs done and stop producing.

In a normal year, you should start harvesting beans from late July, with cropping continuing until the first frosts, or longer if the plants can be protected from the cold.

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