Half hardy Annual
Description – An appropriate name for a runner bean with enormously long 50cm (20in), smooth slender pods. Early, very high yields with plenty of vigour. Apart from its good flavour, Runner Bean Enorma is an ideal variety to grow for exhibitions. Given an R.H.S Award of Merit.
Sowing – Prefers to be grown in fertile, moist yet well drained soil which has had plenty of well rotted compost dug into it the previous autumn. For an early start sow seeds from mid spring in artificial heat (propagator, greenhouse, warm room) in peat pots and plant out after last expected frost. Outdoors do not sow until at least 10 days after last frost, 5cm (2in) deep. Sow 2 seeds every 30cm (12in) in rows 38cm (15in) apart.
Growing – Thin out or transplant to 2-3cm (9-12in) apart.
Aftercare – Provide netting, strings or canes for them to climb. Water regularly and liquid feed every 14 days during mid summer. A thick mulch will help conserve moisture. Pick the beans regularly a little on the young side to ensure top quality and prolonged cropping.
Harvest – July to October