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PlantFiles: Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'White Half Runner'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: White Half Runner

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lssfishhunter On Mar 30, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Production is great even though I do not plant them very often because of the strings. Even the smaller ones have strings most of the time. If you do not mind stringing them, I would recommend them. I prefer to plant these over pole beans because they produce better than other runners in my experience. This variety is well-known and is easily found in my area.

Positive Farmerdill On Jun 25, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a generic half runner usually sold in the feed and seed stores simply as half runners. I have also seen it identified as the Dixie half runner. I prefer the "Mountain" or "State" half runners but this one will do in a pinch. Dry beans imitate "Navy" beans. Pods are short and fat.Yields are good. Vine will run about 3 feet and do not need staking.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Jonesville, South Carolina
Radford, Virginia
Stanardsville, Virginia
Beaver, West Virginia

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