Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Mountaineer Half Runner'

Phaseolus vulgaris

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

61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:

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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Alameda, California

Fresno, California

Lakeland, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Munfordville, Kentucky

Stanton, Kentucky

Jonesville, South Carolina

Bulls Gap, Tennessee

Dandridge, Tennessee

Clintwood, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Production is really good with this variety. They taste really good but I try to pick them before they become too large because of the tough strings. Be sure to have something for them to run on.


On Apr 16, 2005, jlarge from Alameda, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

My Grandmother always grew this bean in South-Western Virginia and she used to tell me that her great-grandmother taught her how to grow them. In any case I always grew this bean in my garden in Central Florida (no problems, easiest thing in the world to grow) and when I moved to California I tried it here, again, with no problem. The first patch I planted in CA came from a jar of seeds my Mom had been given about 15 years ago (she kept it tucked in the fridge all that time). I'm now watching my 4th year's planting come up. And, I've always grown this trellised, a few light stakes and some string does fine. If we don't eat these as fast as we grow them we snap and freeze the surplus or can them.


On Nov 28, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Mountain Half Runner is one of the best of the half runners. A tender round snap bean that does well without support. Yields well and actually tolerates the Georgia heat. Dixie Half runner is more popular here but they are very similar. In Virginia, the dried snaps referred to as shuck beans by Kentuckians are called leather britches. Most often a pole bean like Kentucky Wonder is used for that purpose.


On Oct 23, 2003, KyMama from Munfordville, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

The very prolific 'Mountaineer Half Runner' has been traced back to eastern Kentucky. This Heirloom variety is one of the best tasting green beans you'll ever eat. Also great when the entire bean pod is strung, snapped and dried completely (preferably for several days in the sun) and then cooked with ham during the winter. We call these "shucky beans." While half runners are classified as a bush bean, they do far better when grown as a pole bean. I also lived in Utah (a very arid area) and grew these beans very sussessfully in an irrigated garden there.