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Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'

Runner bean

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Red

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Red Rum' is a self-fertilie variety that starts cropping early in the summer and carries on producing heavy crops throughout the season. Its ability to set beans even in poor weather means that it outcrops many other varieties. It also shows resistance to the disease, halo blight, which attacks both leaves and beans. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Phaseolus

Species: coccineus

Cultivar: Red Rum

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May


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