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A lovely runner bean with pure white prolific flowers that taste delicious. I grow this as much for the flowers to add to salads, rice and couscous as I do for the bean. Excellent to grow with 'Polestar' or 'Aurora'.

Plant 2 or 3 of each of our runner bean varieties, alternating down the row to give you stripes of colour from their bright flowers and plant with Sweet Peas too to attract the pollinators and increase productivity.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Genus Phaseolus coccineus
Group/Species coccineus
Variety White Lady
Common Name Runner Bean
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2.1m (7ft)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow from April, one seed to its own pot or module (ideally Rootrainers), under cover. Once the plants are at least 5cm (2in) tall, plant them out. You can also sow direct into the garden May-July, not before, as they will be killed by the frost.
Care Tips Will grow best in a sunny position with fertile, well-dug soil that has had plenty of organic matter added. Support with canes or bean poles, position one plant at the base of each support. Water well during dry weather and apply a mulch to help keep soil moist.
Storing These freeze well.
Harvesting July - October. Crop in 14-16 weeks. Best picked little and often. Will continue producing until the first frosts.
Cooking Notes These are delightful eaten very small. Prepare by removing the sides with a sharp knife and cut across in 2cm strips and cooked. Enjoy the edible flowers in salads or as a garnish.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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Runner Bean 'White Lady' reviews

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Reviewed 15th August 2019 by J Marsh

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Reviewed 13th August 2019 by Deborah

Sadly they didn’t germinate

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with your seeds. Please be assured that we have now refunded you for this."

Posted 14th August 2019

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Phil

Full of flowers getting ready to feast!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Louise

Looks healthy- prefer a shorter length bean

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Colburn

No success with white lady 😕

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Deborah

Sadly they didn’t germinate