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Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

Posted by suntower z5 WA (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 19, 12 at 3:01

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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RE: Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

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


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RE: Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

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


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RE: Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

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.


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RE: Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

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


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RE: Are These Pole Beans Worth Saving For Next Year?

Thanks!

---JC


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