Runner Bean Vines Climb Cane Wigwam Frames

Runner Bean Vines Climb Cane Wigwam Frames

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1

Build Cane Wigwams to Support Runner Beans

Build Cane Wigwams to Support Runner Beans

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Build Support for the Beans

Support is vital for these climbing plants. Build a wigwam from eight canes, ideally at least 7 ft (2.2 m) long, pushed firmly into the soil about 12 in (30 cm) apart, in a circle. Tie the canes securely at the top and again halfway down.

Step 2

Plant Bean Seeds by Each Cane of Wigwam

Plant Bean Seeds by Each Cane of Wigwam

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening

DK - Vegetable Gardening

Plant the Seeds

late spring, when the soil is at least 54 degrees F (12 degrees C), plant two seeds at a depth of 2 in (5 cm) by each cane and water thoroughly. In cold areas or where the soil is heavy, sow the seeds in deep pots indoors in mid-spring.

Step 3

Twist Strongest Seedling Around Cane and Tie

Twist Strongest Seedling Around Cane and Tie

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Train the Plants to Grow Upward

After germination, remove the weaker seedling. Twist the remaining plant around its cane and tie it in with twine. A companion sweet pea plant will attract insects to the runner bean flowers, promoting a good crop.

Step 4

Pick Young and Tender Runner Beans Twice a Week

Pick Young and Tender Runner Beans Twice a Week

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pick the Beans Regularly

It is important to pick runner beans regularly (at least twice a week), when they are young and tender, because overly mature pods are less appetizing and suppress the formation of new flowers.