Phaseolus vulgaris multiflorus
For those of you who love competition, here it is, a bean worthy of attempting the Guinness World Record of the longest Scarlet Runner Bean!
Along with the challenge that it conveys, you can actually eat the beans just like any other scarlet runner; while the beans are still young and at a normal size.
When you are ready to roll your sleeves up and beat your neighbour with an astoundingly long bean : just leave one or two on the plant and continue to water as usual. The bean will keep growing and growing.
In 1997 the World Record was set by Harry Hurley, an American who grew a bean that was 1.3m !!!! In 2014 the British record was broken by Joe Atherton whose bean grew to 36" (91.44cm) Here,s a tip that you might like to try, you can tie a wee "weight" on the end of the bean, clearly not too heavy that it will snap the bean off, but just enough to keep a bit of pressure on the bean to prevent it from curling or mis-shaping (giving you a further few inches along the way.) A great plant for the young and the young-at-heart, providing great to eat beans along with interest in growing for the future generation of gardeners.
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