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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Rob Roy'

Climbing french bean

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photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (18601)

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Climbing french beans are a versatile crop, ready for harvest earlier than runner beans and often setting more readily in all weathers. They may be sown early for growing under glass, and the later pods can be left for shelling as haricot beans. There are many different kinds and colours, most of them round-podded, like 'Rob Roy', an attractively coloured variety with creamy yellow pods prettily marked with rich red splashes. Plants need the same kind of support as runner beans, and need shelter from cold winds. Mulch, and water regularly from the start of flowering.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Phaseolus

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Rob Roy

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: 240cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June

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