Runner bean has two stems coming from one seed!

happyday(WI4a)July 16, 2011

I knew I had put only two Sunset runner seeds per each small trellis. Each seed germinated, but the last one to come up was a stunted stem, stripped of leaves. This happened to several of my recently emerging beans due to the hot weather putting a crust on the surface. Figured that the stem would eventually leaf out from a node like most of the others did, so I watched it. It took several days before it began to show tiny leaves, but before that, another stem came up beside it, and inch away from it! Now I don't know which is the bean and which is the weed, have to wait for more leaves to be sure.

Well, today, it looked like they both had bean leaves. So I pulled soil away down about 2 inches where the bean was planted and what do you know, both stems are joined at the bottom. A single runner bean seed sent up first one shoot, then another shoot from the roots.

Has anyone ever seen that happen?

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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Yes, Happy, it has happened to me as well. Hypogeal seeds will often send up a second shoot if the first one is damaged.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 4:07PM
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happyday(WI4a)

Thanks Zeedman I had not noticed that before. This is only the third runner bean I've grown.

I pulled my favas today, they have 5 stems per plant, but the branching was above ground, not below.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 11:28PM
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