White Emergo Runner Bean is an open-pollinated, runner bean variety with long, slender pods. Pods can be eaten whole or snapped when harvested early, or may be allowed to dry for long-term storage. Also known as “sweet white” bean, this variety has vigorous vines and can grow up to 10′ tall. As a result, we recommend using a trellis like our Hortonova Trellis Netting to support plants as they grow. White Emergo Runner Bean is similar to our Scarlet Runner Bean, but has white flowers instead of orange. The beautiful white flowers have been known to attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects to the vegetable garden. Pick beans often for continual production throughout the growing season.
Beans should be planted in spring after the last frost has occurred. Beans will germinate best once soil temps have reached 65 F or higher. Optimal germination temperature is around 77 F. Seeds can require 8 to 16 days to germinate, depending on the soil temperature. For continual production, succession plant every couple of weeks throughout the spring and early summer. Plants will drop blooms or cease production in the heat of summer. Subsequent succession plantings may be made in late summer/fall, as long as enough time is permitted before the first frost date.
Direct seeding is recommended. We suggest using a #6 plate on the Hoss Garden Seeder and modifying the hole size (if necessary) to fit the seed size. Beans should be planted relatively thick along the row and thinned to the desired spacing. To maximize garden space, consider using a double-row spacing. For double-row spacing, rows may be planted as close as 6″ apart with 3′ spacing between double rows. For single row spacing, 2′ to 3′ spacing is recommended.
White Emergo Runner Bean Planting Information
Planting Method: direct sow
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 3-4″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 80
Disease Tolerance: None