Bean, White Half Runner
Heavy yields of tender green pods.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
- Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
- Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
- Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
- For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
- To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity60 daysFruit Size4 inchesSunFull SunSpread16 inchesHeight18-24 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, White Half Runner is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 5 out of 5 by WVFARMERJOHN from Only bean to grow for canning. a five I am 67 years old & having been growing half runners since I was 13. Stringing is part of bean prep for canning or cooking. Have never & will never grow another type bean. So good during the winter holidays & all winter long. Great flavor, tender & just a great bean. If the strings bother you should probably not be growing a garden. All preferred bean of my father & all of my grandparents.Date published: 2015-12-26Rated 5 out of 5 by dee24 from Fantastic Beans! I planted these last year for the first time. I remember them from Kentucky when my parents planted them. I was simply amazed at how bountiful only a few seeds were. Besides being great fresh green beans, they also make great shucky beans! I saw someone else had complained about the strings, but I'm used to stringing beans before you cook them so that was no problem at all. So tender! Love them!!Date published: 2015-05-24Rated 2 out of 5 by Jewlz from Not impressed! I grew these last year and I will NOT be growing them again. They do have decent flavor, IF you can get past all the strings! So stringy! I'm not sure why they are rated so highly, I do not agree.Date published: 2015-03-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Brutus from Very productive bean! This is our first year growing this variety. As suggested by other reviewers, we grew these on a trellis. The germination rate was near 100% and the plant grew quickly. Almost overnight, tons of beans appeared and took just a couple of days to reach 4-6" long. The beans have a nice, old-fashioned flavor and are about as thick as a pencil. The plants are definitely climbers - the runners are 5 feet off the ground already. After a couple of pickings, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of blossoms in our 30ft row. Will definitely grow these again next year.Date published: 2014-06-09Rated 5 out of 5 by KayInMD from Very tasty Was very happy with this bean; will grow it again next year. I put it on Burpee's pole bean and pea tower, which is about 6', but this bean wanted to be much taller than that! Was very happy with yield and flavor. The young pods are sweet enough to munch on raw in the garden.Date published: 2013-08-26Rated 2 out of 5 by Thayne from I dont like them Not sure why these have such a good rating. I think they're tough and stringy. I dont like them at all.Date published: 2013-06-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Mern from Family favorite My Grandmother grew this bean in Salyersville Ky. I grew up eating this great tasting bean. Now I've been growing it up here in Ohio for a few years. Sense I got interested in growing some of my own food. It freezes and cans really well. I always share them with my Mom and she just loves them. She cooks them up with some bacon. Yum!! I just broad cast them in my raised bed and poke them into the dirt with the help of some grand children then I let them grow with no support. They climb all over each other and do really well this way.Date published: 2011-03-26Rated 5 out of 5 by Karkfump from Great bean, but does need staked We purchased and succesfully grew around 150-200 plants with a portion of 1/2 lb. seeds, and this is my wife's favorite bean, but the idea that these do not have to be staked is pretty insane! Seriously, our plants grew to heights of 5' to 8'. Staking is done very neatly with stout poles on each end of row, taut line run around 7' above with garden twin drop lines hanging down to within 3" to 5" above the ground.Date published: 2010-03-23