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Phaseolus coccineus 'Sunset'

Runner bean

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Peach

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

A decorative runner bean, 'Sunset' is worth growing for its pale peach flowers as much as its beans. It's useful for covering arches and pillars, as well as traditional bamboo cane rows and wigwams. Crops can be used in rotation with other legumes, which include peas and beans, or can stay in the same place year after year if plants continue to stay healthy. It can be dwarfed by pinching out shoots 30-38cm (12-15in) high, and stopping sideshoots every ten days. Water freely in dry weather, and mulch. Gather pods when 20-cm (8in) long, and check every two to three days. A good variety for the small garden, as it can be grown in the border amongst shrubs and perennials.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Phaseolus

Species: coccineus

Cultivar: Sunset

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Peach

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June


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