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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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to June
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