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Runner bean has two stems coming from one seed!

Posted by happyday WI4a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 16, 11 at 21:20

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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RE: Runner bean has two stems coming from one seed!

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

RE: Runner bean has two stems coming from one seed!

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.

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