Volunteer Half Runner Bean (60 Days)
To stake or not to stake – that is the question for these beans. Volunteer Half Runner vines grow to 3’ and will climb but staking is not essential. Beans are relatively short – 4”– but yields are heavy, holding tenderness in challenging weather, and last over a long period. Stringless
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 70-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Outside Sowing: After the 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: The Volunteer Half runner grows in light, well-drained soil and provides 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.