Runner beans are incredibly easy to grow, bearing masses of long, sweet-tasting beans all summer long. There's a huge range of cultivars to choose from, bearing red, white or bi-coloured flowers, adding to their ornamental value.
Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum' is a self-fertilie runner bean variety, which starts cropping early in summer and carries on producing heavy crops throughout the season. Its ability to set beans even in poor weather means it outcrops many other varieties.
Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum' 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).
Cultivar: Red Rum
Plant type: Vegetable
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: April to May
Time to plant: May to June
Flowering period: June to August
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