Half hardy Annual
Description – A British bred, gardeners’ favourite for high yields and reliability. Runner Bean Polestar is early to flower, the vigorous plants produce clusters of 25cm (10in) stringless fleshy pods of good flavour throughout the season. Polestar prefers well-drained, moist, rich soil. RHS AGM winner. Good source of Vitamin C, folate and iron and high in fibre.
Sowing – Sow seeds mid April indoors for transplanting or late April to late June outdoors. Sow seeds in 7.5cm (3in) pots at 18-20C (64-68F), 4cm (1½in) deep. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which takes 7-10 days. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed, 15cm (6in) apart, 5cm (2in) deep and in rows 45cm (18in) apart.
Growing – Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 7-1 days before planting out after all risk of frost, against support such as canes or netting.
Aftercare – Hoe regularly and keep plants well watered. Mulch during dry periods.
Harvest – July to September