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State Half Runner Bean (Heirloom, 60 Days)

6 reviews

Heirloom 1800’s

To stake or not to stake – that is the question for State. By definition half runner beans are halfway between bush and pole types. Vines grow to 3’ and will climb but staking is not essential. Beans are relatively short – 4”– but yields are heavy and last over a long period. 

50 seeds



Phaseolus vulgaris

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep 

Outside Sowing: After last frost with soil temperatures above 60ºF.  Sow 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination. 

How much does a packet plant: 12 foot single row 

Harvest: Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually every 2-3 days to prolong production.

Tips: Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. 

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J b.
Excellent beans

These beans are flavorful and the Harvest is plentiful. We’ve canned 6 bushels already, sold 6 more, that more than paid for the beans at $45.00 a bushel and the beans are still coming. We haven’t hardly had any of the flat fibrous beans that you get with a lot of the gmo beans. They are also up there with some other heirloom white halfrunners that we’ve been growing for a few years

jesse b.
United States United States
Excellent green beans

Will definitely buy these beans again they produce a great tasting bean,as well as a good yield. we have not had any flat or tough beans that you usually get with the gmo beans. We have canned 80 quarts already and will have plenty more to sell and give away. I would recommend these beans, we grow some heirloom volunteer half runners too and we like the state half runners better.

Robyn S.
United States
Excellent Product

The seeds have been planted and I have already collected my first harvest. The flavor and quality was delicious. I will be a return customer. Thank you!

Sherry B.
United States

Excellent...After planting the seed the sprouts were healthy and the plants are so green and beautiful. The plants are starting to run now and I'm anxious for the beans to grow..I'm so happy I found your company for my white half runner seed..

Jennifer H.
Ohio, USA
OK if you like store-bought frozen or canned beans

These beans reminded us of canned or frozen store-bought beans in shape, consistency, and flavor (they are quite short when compared to regular pole beans; more like regular bush beans). The germination was excellent, plants vigorous and disease resistant, and harvest extremely plentiful. They didn't produce long-term quite as well as normal pole beans, but kept setting a few right up to frost. They did get woody if allowed to get a little on the fat side, so those were compost.