History & General
purple podded runner beans are ABSOLUTELY unique. Whilst there
are plenty of purple podded French beans available (Phaseolus
vulgaris), there are virtually no purple
podded runner beans (Phaseolus
in existence. These runner beans - named Aeron Purple
Star - have been bred from a 'Polestar'
cross by me (Gwilym) - the chair and founder member of the Aeron
Vale Allotments Trust (Registered Charity No. 1166320
) in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales. They have been
trialed for many seasons and have been
found to come 'true' by all trailers involved".
Aeron Purple Star is stringless. Pod length on average is
between 12 & 14 inches (30 - 35cm) at maturity. They are exceptionally
vigorous & the plants grow to about 12 feet (3.7m) in height. The
flower colour is bright scarlet. The flavour of the cooked beans
exceeds that of it's familial parent Polestar (a
previous RHS Award of Garden Merit winner).
bean seeds are NOT sold commercially. Any allotment growers
or veg. gardeners can have a quantity of up to 24 of the
bean seeds sent to them at this time for just the cost of
packaging and carriage (£1.75 within the UK - £3.75
Quantities are very limited. The maximum number I have available to
any one grower this season is 24 beans . They are given out
on a 'first come, first served' basis. They can be freely
distributed by any amateur grower after saving seeds from their own
harvest, the only stipulations I make are that:
any of my beans
that are 'gifted'
or 'swapped' must retain the name AERON PURPLE STAR
NOT be charged for or profited from in any way
passed on with the name 'AERON PURPLE STAR' must NOT be
a cross pollinated offspring from any other variety.
VERY SORRY but the surplus
runner bean seeds
that I had to share for the 2020/21 season have now all been
promised. I'm sorry to disappoint, but if you would like to
request some for the 2021/22 season then you're welcome to
order them now - by using the on-line request form below.
This season's bean
seeds should be ready to be sent out from around the end of October
middle of April next year - for next year's planting. It
seems that requests are starting to outstrip what I grow for
growing tips leaflet for your runner beans
"V Frame" bean
growers who have already tried my
viewed from the Gardener's