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Promise (or 1898) Half Runner Bush Green Bean
'Promise' half runner bean plants at six weeks.
Promise (or 1898) Half Runner Bush Green Bean
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Promise Half RunnerCertified Naturally Grown Seed

60 days — These beans were interchangeably called 'Promise', 'Phillips' and '1898' by those that have maintained this family heirloom.  A 2004 Victory Seed Company introduction, this is a bean variety that has been grown by the Phillips family of Promise, Oregon since 1898.

John Phillips a pioneer settler of Promise, Oregon and Mike Dunton's Great-great grandfather, purchased these beans before heading out by wagon to homestead.  Promise, Oregon, despite the images that its name may conjure, is a remote community in a very harsh and unforgiving corner of the state.

This variety is prolific and necessarily hardy.  It helped to sustain the family through very difficult times. The small white seeds produce semi-erect, half runner type plants that can benefit from some support. Good fresh or canned.

I received less than one ounce of seed from Mildred Axmaker (Granddaughter of John Phillips) of Colton, Oregon back in 1999 and we have been multiplying it out ever since. 2004 was the general public's first chance at trying these beans. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 100 seeds.
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Perfect germ, no pest or disease problems until very late in season when the Japanese beetles were running out of other food, but damage was still light. Now that that is out of the way, does anyone remember the Pottsylvannia Creeper from Bullwinkle and Rocky? Too much plant, too much fruit, and a marked tendency to run; wouldn't stop producing until the snow fell. Fine flavor, has a tough string, large pods. These bad girls took over way too much real estate for me to flirt with again, but the piles of leftovers do make spectacular dried beans. Five stars for folk with lots of space and help.
Reviewed by: David Emigh from NW PA. on 12/1/2013
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