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PlantFiles: Dwarf Runner Bean
Phaseolus coccineus 'Hestia'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Hestia

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days

Bloom Color:

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mostlypatio On Jun 15, 2011, mostlypatio from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

I got seeds from Park Seeds and had tried to grow them in pots and in ground. I loved the flowers and jade green heart shape leaves. But I had only three beans in season of 2010. I am growing it again, it blooms beautifully now, hopefully there will be more beans this year.

Neutral rodeco1 On Jun 28, 2008, rodeco1 from Monroe, GA wrote:

This is a lovely plant with beautiful flowers but so far no beans. I have lots of bees here and see them around the bean flowers and yet where the bean would start is only the remant of the base of the flower. I had to go ahead and plant another crop of pole beans because hestia though very decorative are not producing beans. Very frustrating. I will probably grow them from now on just for the looks and make sure I plant my old reliables.

Positive IslandJim On Mar 25, 2007, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like this plant a lot. Pretty flowers. Worth growing just for that; beans are a bonus. 67-percent germination (planted three seeds, two came up). About 5 weeks here in zone 10 from planting seeds to blooms; 70 day to crop--we'll beat that by two weeks at least.

Neutral Melissa_Ohio On Feb 19, 2006, Melissa_Ohio from Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

From Harvest Moon Farms and Seed: "A superb variety with all the best characteristics of modern runner beans, but on dwarf plants. Early to crop, often before standard types, with a good yield of tasty, long, straight, stringless pods, held above the soil to avoid disease. Ideal for small gardens, large containers and borders where its bicoloured flowers of red and white make an attractive addition."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Venice, Florida
Monroe, Georgia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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