Alabama no. 1 purple pod bean

JBWhiteMarch 19, 2014

Does anyone know of a source for the Alabama no. 1 purple pod beans? Does not matter if qty is only 5-10 seed although 10-20 preferred.

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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Sand Hill Preservation Center

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:58PM
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hementia8(8 MS)

The ALABAMA #1 that I grow and listed by Sand Hill, was bred by Auurn U.
It is purple streaked, not fully a purple pod

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 9:26AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Seeds of Diversity has Alabama #1 Purple Pod listed as...
Apparently extinct.
Not currently propagated by Seeds of Diversity's seed-savers.
Not known to have been sold commercially in North America for over 20 years.
Not maintained by the Canadian gene bank.
Not maintained by the U.S. gene bank.
So Alabama #1 Purple Pod and Alabama #1 are two different beans :(. Hopefully some seed saver has a few squirrel away. Are they listed in the Seed Savers Exchange by any chance?


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 10:27AM
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Annette, I am the O.S. of the Alabama #1 that Sandhill sells. I got the seed from a local seed saver who was very adamant that they came from a professor at Auburn about 40 years ago. That is the good news. The bad news is that there are obvious signs they have been crossed with something else over the years. There are speckled and striped pods among the purple pods. I made an effort to separate out the original seed but was not entirely successful at eliminating the off types.

Alabama #1 is in ARS-GRIN and I have a request in for seed. I want to see how their stock compares with the beans I grow and that Glenn sells. By this time next year, I should have some good answers. So there is only 1 bean in question not 2.

"Alabama 1 - Breeder: Alabama Polytechnic Inst., Auburn. Vendor: Asgrow. Parentage: locally adapted farm garden stocks. Characteristics: pole bean with slender, smooth, deep root system; large yielder, almost round pods, between 7-8" in length. Resistance: hot weather, root knot; partially resistant to rust. Similar: Ideal Market. Adaptation: southern United States. Southern Seedsman 1938.'

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    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 1:22PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Thanks Dar, Seeds Of Diversity have them listed as two different cultivars, another one on the brink ?
SofD has 'Selma Star' listed as apparently extinct too but it ain't so :). Thanks to some help from Russ Crow it will soon be back in circulation at least in my neck of the woods.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 2:11PM
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Thanks everybody!
The one I am trying to find is the one that is supposedly extinct. It seems reasonable to assume that the original developer may have had several strains but why they would all be called Alabama no. 1 instead of sequential numbers is beyond my understanding. So hopefully I can get some of the true purple pod or maybe fusionpowers strain is a degenerate version as far as color or could have crossed with another type and maybe selective seed saving will work wonders.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 5:17PM
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hementia8(8 MS)

SSE offered in the 1997 yearbook ALABAMA #1 PURPLE POD bean#3079
You may want to check with SSE to see if they still have in inventory
ALABAMA #1 has purple streaks in pods,black seeded,from Dr.Sam Jones of Auburn in 1963
There is also a ALABAMA #1 listed in the 1994 year book with green pods BN #1571
ALABAMA#2 BN 763 with green pods is listed in the 94 year book as is ALABAMA #1 BLACK small black seed,3 per pod

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 4:26PM
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hementia8(8 MS)

This came up in Alabama #1
It looks more like Violet podded stringless,however it has black seed

    Bookmark   October 2, 2014 at 9:35AM
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