Growing for Seeds or Dry Beans

lexusnexus(7a)April 5, 2014

I have absolutely no knowledge or experience in doing this. A few questions.

1. Are there problems like you have with tomato hybrids reverting back to a parent plant?

2. How long do you wait until you harvest them?

3. Do you have to do any additional drying after pulling them off the plant?

4. Other than cleaning them is there anything else you have to do to store them?

5. Any special storage requirements?

I'd rather ask these questions all at once than do a slow leak of them.

Thanks,

Dan

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farmerdill

1. As long as you are growing common beans (P. vulgaris) ther are no hybrids commercially available. They also do dot readily cross, so you will be fine on that score.
2, The pods should dry or close to it for harvest. Let dry on a rack a few days before shelling.
3. If you hand shell, cleaning is not necessary. If you thresh you just to remove the bits and pieces of shell.
4- 5 They need to stored ina cool dry spot. Where weevils are problem, they can be stored in the freezer when perfectly dry

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 12:47PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I'll give it a shot.

1. Are there problems like you have with tomato hybrids reverting back to a parent plant?

Not usually for seeds, and never for eating. Beans are OP normally. There can be some crosses if other beans are grown nearby but you would never taste the difference in the dried beans. The only effect would be in the next generation of plants if they cross.

2. How long do you wait until you harvest them?

It is best to let them dry as much as you can on the plant, weather providing.

3. Do you have to do any additional drying after pulling them off the plant?

It depends on weather and other factors. But to be on the safe side it is best to shell and dry inside for a few days.

4. Other than cleaning them is there anything else you have to do to store them?

5. Any special storage requirements?

4 and 5 Just put them in an air tight container in the cupboard or other dry place out of the sun.

Farmerdill must have been typing at the same time as me! Follow his advise OP!

This post was edited by wertach on Tue, Apr 8, 14 at 12:58

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 12:54PM
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lexusnexus(7a)

Thanks for your replies. I truly appreciate it. My partner and I love beans, both green and wax. Have been thinking I can grow the last row of bush beans as seed beans for the next year.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:45PM
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