Phaseolus coccineus 'Desiree'

Runner bean

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Desiree' yields huge crops of runner beans from a small area, often averaging 40 large pods per plant. It is completely stringless. As it is a shy seeder, there is more juicy, fleshy, edible bean, which accounts for the exceptional flavour. Compared with other runner beans, it is much more productive under dry weather conditions. This is a white-flowered variety with good disease tolerance. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Phaseolus

Species: coccineus

Cultivar: Desiree

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

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Ronnie Paterson

I have a wonderful display of this plant climbing up the bamboo canes but alas not one flower or hint of a bean at this stage. Any advice on what's occurred would be appreciated.

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