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Phaseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'

Runner bean

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Paseolus coccineus 'Red Rum'

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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).

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

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: June to August

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