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Runner bean 'The Czar'       

Phaseolus coccineus

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Belonging to the Phaseolus genus (Phaseolus coccineus 'The Czar'), The Czar is a variety of Runner bean. The Czar is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white and   Antique white. When mature, blooms are roughly 2.0 cm (that's 0.78 inches in imperial) in diameter.When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Bright green and   Kelly green. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green and   Kelly green colour.

Tall vines with white flowers. Initially, produce traditional flat green pods but can be matured to large, long, pods with fat white seeds, that can be dried and used as butter beans.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. The Czar is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.00 metres (6.50 feet). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

United Kingdom is believed to be where The Czar originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, The Czar Runner bean is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about The Czar have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow The Czar

  • Full Sun

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Allow the vine to twine to the top of the cane, then nip out the top, so the plant develops side shoots and flowers

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that The Czar is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing The Czar from seed

Can start off in pots, mid spring, and plant out when established or sow direct

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 7.8 inches (20.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 1.95 inches (5.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting The Czar

Plants started off in pots can be transplanted later into their growing position to protect them from slugs and mice whilst young. Vines are tall and need a strong support

As The Czar is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 18°C / 64°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting The Czar

The younger pods can be harvested as a conventional runner bean or allow some pods to grow on and harvest the seeds, dry them and use as butterbeans

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early autumn.