Long bean and lima bean volunteers - observations and questions..

dancinglemons(7B VA)July 12, 2013

Hello all,

This season I was greeted with many volunteers from last seasons long beans and lima beans. All pole beans by the way. I usually only get a few volunteers. I left them in place just to see what they would do. The vast majority of them look great and I transplanted 3 of them. I have no idea if the transplants are the long beans or the limas. No flowers yet on the volunteers and the vines do not all look alike. Now for a few questions.

Will these volunteers grow true to type? Are volunteers more susceptible to disease than plants put in from seed? I suspect the volunteers are Orient Wonder long beans and Black Jungle Butter beans - because that is what was planted in this spot last season. They were planted on opposite sides of my cattle panel trellis in a 4 x 4 raised bed.

By the way - all of the transplants are vigorous with multi-branching.

Thanks for any information anyone can offer.


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wertach zone 7-B SC

I can't really comment on the Orient Wonder long beans, since I have never even heard of them.

But the BJBB's will be true and I think the Orient Wonder long beans most likely will. I think that almost all bean types are open pollinated, not hybrids.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 12:18PM
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Lima beans do cross, but if you had no other varieties available they should come true. Same is true for Yard Longs.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 12:35PM
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dancinglemons(7B VA)

Thanks wertach & farmerdill .

If this happens again next year I won't need any seeds!! I'm going to watch them to see if disease becomes a problem.

As of today the transplanted volunteers are doing great.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 3:36AM
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