How Would F1 & F2 NavyBeans X PintoBeans Look Like

QuisqueyaBeansJuly 22, 2013

How Do I Know When The Beans Are Cross pollinating?

ⶠI planted a Navy Bean a month ago and it is white, a month later I planted a Pinto Bean and the bean plants are really close to each other , I wanted to
know if the beans are cross Pollinating because the pinto bean roots are getting stuck together .

ⶠAlso How would I know when the seeds appear? Will they taste different or look different?

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Beans (P. vulgaris) have closed blossoms and rarely cross pollinate. They have to exchange pollen. It is possible for bumble bees or something similar to open a blossom but it is a rare occurrence. At any rate you would not know until you grew out the saved seed.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 3:30PM
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The F1 seed looks like the seed of mother plant, because seed coat is maternal material. Only the germ inside the seed coat contains the mixture of two varieties.

The F2 seed will show a wide variation in seed coat colour and also in size. Exactly what you will get, will vary.

Planting close together does not guarantee you will get any crosses at all. Unless you are planning to grow every last seed from this year's plants you will miss a possible cross anyway, because the F1 seed looks like the seed of the mother variety.

You can make deliberate crosses, but it is not so easy with beans. It is easier with peas if you wish to experiment.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 4:18AM
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