Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

suntower(z5 WA)October 19, 2012

Hi,

Seattle area.

I just picked my last beans... which I left to save for seed. Unfortunately, we got a sudden cold snap and they didn't dry out as much as normal.

Normally, they would be 100% -white- and dried out. But this year, they have a very slight tinge of green.

Will they be viable for saving, or should I just buy new seeds for next year.

TIA,

---JC

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jimster(z7a MA)

You could finish drying them, then test them for germination. Put a few in a damp paper towel or coffee filter. Put this packet in a baggy and leave it on top of your fridge for a few days, checking once in a while to see if they germinated.

At today's seed prices it's worth a little effort to save seeds.

Jim

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 3:00PM
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rxkeith(z5 MI)

most of the time, they will be ok if the pod is at the leathery stage. let them dry, and check the seeds when you shuck them. if they are full size, and solid they will be ok. if they are shrunken or too small, they probably aren't. it should be pretty obvious.

keith

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 3:22PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Ditto Jim. I had some really ugly bean seed from last year and I did the germination test and they sprouted. I planted and had a great crop from them this year.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 3:24PM
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rxkeith(z5 MI)

most of the time, they will be ok if the pod is at the leathery stage. let them dry, and check the seeds when you shuck them. if they are full size, and solid they will be ok. if they are shrunken or too small, they probably aren't. it should be pretty obvious.

keith

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 3:26PM
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suntower(z5 WA)

Thanks!

---JC

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 2:44PM
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