The Land Rover Owners Wife

Runner Bean, Czar

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Czar (Real Seed Catalogue)
Sown indoors: 2nd April 2013
First Seedling: 7th April 2013
Germination: 5 days

Newly emerged

Newly emerged

Same seedling just 14 hours later

Same seedling just 14 hours later

At 3 days old, the tallest of these beans in 12 inches

At 3 days old, the tallest of these beans in 12 inches

These are now approximately 2 weeks old and stand around a metre tall.

Runner Bean Czar  Runner Bean Czar

At 3 weeks old, the plants are now over a meter tall. Some people say that letting bean plants grow so tall prior to planting out, is detrimental to their yield. However, I have grown my beans this way for several years and if their yield is harmed due to their being so tall, I have never noticed, as we have had pounds and pounds of beans every year.

Runner Bean Czar

Now nearly 2 months old, these plants have been planted out into one of the large wooden barrels for a few weeks now and have now started to develop their flowers.

2 months old and the flowers are starting to form

2 months old and the flowers are starting to form

Runner Bean Czar     Runner Bean Czar   Runner Bean Czar

Flowers beginning to open

Runner Bean, Czar

10th July 2013: At three months old and a month after the first flowers opened, we finally have the first runner beans growing. I’m not entirely sure why it has taken so long for the flowers to set and some of the others are still not forming runners but at last, on two separate plants we have a 2cm long runner bean.

Runner Bean, Czar   Runner Bean, Czar

20th July 2013: the beans are growing rapidly now.

Runner Bean, Czar

It is now 12th August and we’re getting a steady supply of beans off the plants now

Runner Bean, CzarA nice bunch of runners: 30th August 2013

Runner Bean, Czar

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