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

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive doowop On Mar 13, 2012, doowop from Ferguson, NC wrote:

Unlike 'Mountaineer' and many other varieties, 'Volunteer' produces few to none tough beans, even in challenging weather conditions. 'Volunteer' does well as a late summer/early autumn crop. In a 2011 trial, I planted 'Mountaineer' and 'Volunteer' on the same day and grew them both under the same conditions. The 'Mountaineer' vines produced mostly tough beans, while the 'Volunteers' didn't produce any tough beans. 'Volunteer' is my favorite half-runner.

Positive Farmerdill On Jun 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a relative new half runner from Seminis. It is supposed to be an improvement of the old Mountain Half-Runner. It has not done as well as expected but conditions have not been good this year. Yields so far are not significantly better than the Mountain Half-Runner and the pods are not as uniform. If I were to make a choice based on one trial, I would choose the Mountain or the State Half-Runner.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Ferguson, North Carolina

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