How do I save seeds from my beans

brendall(z5 que)August 14, 2005

I grew green beans this year and would like to save the seeds for next year. Do I just keep a few of the beans and let them dry out? Or leave them on the vine till fall,I only have saved the seeds from one plant and I am not sure what to do.

I will gladly share seeds with anyone once I know how.


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Hi Brenda, I would let one of your beans mature until the pod explodes and the seeds are going to drop. Gather and store in a coolish temp, Anyone else have an idea?M

    Bookmark   August 14, 2005 at 6:39PM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

I, too, would leave some beans on your plant until they change colour and mature. An old nylon stocking can be slipped over the bean, so that you don't lose the seed. As suggested, gather and store in a coolish temperature. Don't forget to label. LOL

    Bookmark   August 14, 2005 at 8:43PM
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I saved about 10 different kinds of seeds this year including some blue lake beans. Surprisingly they were my biggest challenge. Those that matured wanted to rot but I did get a few. Wait until the pods turn brown. The pod will hold the seeds. You don't need the stocking.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 6:56AM
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