White Half Runner Bean Seeds.
Superior ability to withstand heat and drought conditions
Brought over by the early German settlers to the Carolinas, traditionally is used as a snap bean and a shelly bean both
Named “Half Runner” because they produce 3’ to 4’ vines making them between a pole or a bush bean
Pods are stringless at the snap bean stage
Harvest at both stages for a dual purpose bean
Pods produced are greasy beans, which are common in the Eastern Tennessee / Western North Carolina area
Exceptional flavor and aroma
Before planting your beans, prepare the soil bed. Till or dig 4 to 6 inches of aged compost into the soil. Half-runner beans grow best in slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. If the pH is too high, peat moss or sulfur added to the soil will lower the pH. Lime will raise a low soil pH. A pH test before and after adding the amendments will tell you if the pH is suitable for planting the beans.
As you continue to prepare the bed, place 5-foot stakes or poles every 2 to 3 feet along each planting row. Space the rows about 3 feet apart. When temperatures rise high enough that there is no further danger of frost, sow six to eight seeds in a circle around each pole. Space the seeds several inches from the poles, and plant them 1 to 2 inches deep. Seedlings appear in one to two weeks. Thin out the smallest seedlings by cutting them at the soil line so the plants are 6 inches apart. Sow seeds every three weeks until a month before the first frost to have a continuous crop of beans.
Water and Mulch
Thoroughly water the bean seeds at the time of planting, and keep the soil moist throughout the growing period. Water to a depth of 6 inches. Your watering frequency will depend on the amount of sunlight, temperature and dryness. Do not allow the soil to dry out, but do not overwater. The ground should not be soggy. Water the beans in the morning to avoid water sitting on the leaves. Keep the beans free of weeds. Add a 2-inch layer of mulch along each side of each row to keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from growing.