15 thoughts on “23 Happy Scarlet Emperor Beans

  1. My snow peas are doing dandy, but I have two straggling beans of unknown origin limping their way toward the too narrow trellis I built for them (thinking the beans in the middle would grow and not be dug up by squirrels. Silly me.) We shall see what they turn out to be. A neighbor gave them too me, told me what they were–something exotic sounding. But it’s a mystery now.)

    • They were little baby scarlet emperor beans when the frost was still hitting and easy to cover. And fe fi of fum is fine — they’re not really Chinese. The beans came originally from mountainous areas of Mexico and South America. It’s just that the first one — the Scarlet Emperor — made me thing of Hong Li, a Chinese emperor who was really Li Hong (I got that wrong) and one meaning of the sound “Hong” is red, but Li Hong’s name wasn’t red anything. So, you see, just like history, one mistake after another.

  2. I keep talking about your beans to Sparky – he saw the red flowers and is now smitten. He is likely going to order some seeds for next year!!

  3. of all the years I’ve planted “Scarlett Runner Beans’ none have resulted in full growth as advertised, due to many variables and factors – sometimes ‘my fault’ sometimes just the vagaries of nature (temp, hail, rain, etc.) but oh – every year…I do so hope ‘this year, it all worked out and just look at those trellises!!!!’ – this year? working on permaculture/infrastructure builds before I ‘try, try, once more’ next year! 😀 Beautiful pics to ‘tide me over’ until “someday” arrives in my own back yard! 😀

    • Hail is a problem. We don’t have as much down here as you do up there. Down here frost comes early and I have been known to go out with a step ladder to cover these guys. The year it snowed on September 9 was the worst. I love these beans — and I think they know it. This is the sixth generation from the pack of seeds I bought 7 years ago. They are the tastiest green beans ever.

      • I haven’t yet found a place, on my PLACE! that is protected enough for fencing/trellis ‘options’ AND hail protection, infrastructure, without running out every whip stitch to ‘cover/uncover’ too – but often, these past few years? I plant when the warm soil temps seem ‘viable’ but after ‘frost/potential blizzard/hard freeze’ times, and alas…a few days and then – cool, cloudy, below temp weather – and sometimes they come up and sometimes? They just rot in the ground (still haven’t set up cold frames/indoor growing space for bigger, stronger transplants!) 😀

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