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Runner Bean 'Tenderstar'Phaseolus coccineus

Just £3.69

5 Reviews

Fabulous flavour and exceptionally tender

1 packet (30 runner bean seeds) £3.69 Despatch: within 24 hours
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The first of its kind! A unique red and pink bicolour variety from 15 years of British breeding. Runner Bean 'Tenderstar' combines the valuable characteristics of French beans with those of runner beans, resulting in extra smooth, very fleshy, stringless pods with an exceptionally tender texture and true runner bean flavour. Being virtually self setting, this prolific variety produces masses of 20cm (8") long pods throughout the summer, whatever the weather. With its unusual coloured flowers this attractive runner bean is equally at home in the flower border as well as the vegetable plot. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 30cm (12").

Companion planting: Try growing runner beans with sweet peas to attract pollinating insects to the flowers, and Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop.

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Full sun

300cm (118.1in)

30cm (11.8in)

1 Packet (30 Runner Bean Seeds) (TT01078)

Sowing Months Flowering Months Harvest Months
When growing runner beans provide a thick mulch of organic matter around the base of the plants to help conserve moisture and reduce weed growth. Water runner beans regularly, particularly as the flowers develop, and provide a liquid feed every 14 days during mid-summer. Pinch out the tips of the beans when they reach the top of their supports. Beans can be harvested from July onwards. Pick the beans regularly and a little on the young side to ensure top quality and prolonged cropping. Culinary note: Suitable for freezing. Caution: Cook runner beans before eating to avoid discomfort.

Sow runner bean seed indoors from mid April for transplanting later on, or direct sow outdoors from late May to July.

Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 5cm (2") in 7.5cm (3") pots or trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 18-20C (64-68F) until germination which takes 7-10 days. Once germinated, grow runner beans on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and runner bean plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting runner beans outdoors in rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun or semi shade with protection from strong winds. Avoid freshly manured soil which will promote lush foliage instead of beans.

Alternatively direct sow runner beans outdoors at a depth of 5cm (2") and a distance of 30cm (12") apart. Plant runner beans in rows that are 1.5m (5') apart, or where space is limited, grow beans onto a wigwam structure. Runner beans require support from garden canes, strings or netting which should be put in place at the time of planting.


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Easy to cook 2015-09-25

Not a long season but beans were tender as described and there may be more. I grow mine in wigwams with sweet peas.

T&M replied on 2015-09-28: Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am glad to hear that you have been happy with your order. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

Brilliant! 2014-01-08

Not only are these beans tender and delicious, they're so pretty. I grew sweet peas alongside to encourage pollinators but the bees seem to prefer the bean flowers. So far I've had a huge crop, and with red flowering Nasturtiums planted beneath, lots of comments about the lovely display.

T&M replied on 2014-08-01: Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

Fantastic! 2013-10-24

I don't normally grow runners as my preference is for French Beans, but I thought I'd give these a go. They were fantastic, I virtually killed them in the dry season as I forgot to water them but they came back with avengance! They were heavy croppers and the beans were delicious. I will be growing them again next year!

Runner Beans Tenderstar 2012-09-13

Brilliant cropper and most attractive flowers as well. Short cropping time but very prolific whilst cropping. Pods are very easy to prepare as they are long and even and cook to a tender texture with a lovely flavour. Bees seem to love the flowers but they are finishing now.

Runnerbean Tenderstar 2012-09-13

Excellent cropper although cropping short lived with very pretty flowers which the bees seem to love. The pods are even and easy to prepare and cook well with a tender texture and lovely flavour. Pamela Webb 12.09.12

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