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Source for 'Serbian Pole' Bean?

Posted by crnagora95 9 (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 29, 11 at 20:32

Does anyone have seeds for or know of a source for these beans? The author of Daughter of the Soil has grown them, and I have heard great things about them on various British forums. Any help is appreciated :)


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RE: Source for 'Serbian Pole' Bean?

The funny thing is, I was getting ready last year to give that name to an unnamed variety from Serbia I received in trade. Doubly funny, because it was allegedly a bush variety, and climbed 6 feet! It ended up that I didn't circulate the bean under the name "Serbian Pole", because I was unable to multiply the seed enough to share this year. As it turned out, that was a good thing.

Because meanwhile, in the course of browsing I found that there was already a "Serbian Pole", being grown by a Canadian gardener. You can find photos of the seed, pod, and plant here. This is an impressive gallery of bean photos, something I hope to emulate in the future.

Don't know the source of the seed, though, or if this is the same "Serbian Pole" you are looking for... it is one of those generic names that anyone could assign to a bean from Serbia (as I almost did). I looked on the DoS blog, and didn't find anything to use for comparison. I inquired earlier this year about "Serbian Pole", but have thus far been able to contact the Canadian owner of the photos. He has his own blog, but has recently been going through some tough times... I hope to make contact in the near future.


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Looks like the same bean.

Annette

Here is a link that might be useful: Serbian Pole


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Agreed - thanks for the link, Annette. Looks like two distant growers - in Canada & the U.K. - trialed many of the same beans. This one has my interest as well, if there is seed to be found. Judging by the photo caption, it may be part of the Heritage Seed Library... if there are any HDRA members here, could this be checked out?


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Zeedman, I'm going to attempt to email you, let me know here if it doesn't go through.

Annette


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Annette, your email received & response sent.


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Zeedman: Don't you love when that happens? I got a Bosnian bean called "Kukuruzar", the main part of that being "kukuruz", or "corn". I thought it would be a bush bean, and that the name was just a generic name. It pertains to the bean's qualities as a cornfield bean, because that grew!

Annette: Thanks for the response. I didn't get a hold of the Canadian grower, but it seems that isn't necessary now :)


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The "Serbian Pole" seeds also look a lot like one called "Eye Of The Goat". You can check it out on a bean website I put up on the web. There is another bean also that looks a lot like this I grew years ago called "Bell's Stringless". Some people here on GW may have already seen this site. Both of these mentioned beans are also pole, or climbing habit.

Here is a link that might be useful: A Bean Collectors Window


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  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 18, 12 at 9:28

Hi Russ. That is one amazing website. So many beans, so little time! I will watch for your entries in the SSE Yearbook.

I hope you will post here often. - Dick


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LOL, so many beans look alike, I've been wondering about this myself. I grew one given me by a member of our local garden club, the only information was someones grandmother brought them with her when she immigrated from Yugoslavia, I also grew this year a few "Serbian Pole" which I had a hard time finding, in the end a very nice gal sent me a few. The growth habits of these two although not grown close together looked similar to me.
Elsewhere there's a thread on "Grandma's Yugoslavian" the temporary name I had given the one I got at garden club. The dried seed I received looked very much like "Eye of the Goat".
The freshly harvested seed of "Grandma's Yugoslavian" and "Serbian Pole" to my eye looked like the same bean, I said looked like because they might or not be the same bean. I have never grown "Eye of the Goat" so can't compare them to these other two.

There were a few white marks on the leaves of the "Siberian Pole" I grew out in the garden, whether this was because of our lousy spring or something more serious I don't know, the vines grew and produced, the foliage other then the few white splotches looked healthy enough. I'll grow them again next year if I have space.

Hi Russ, glad to see you here :).

Annette


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Hi Dick ! Thanks for the completement on the site, and thanks for taking a look at it. I have all my listings in the 2013 SSE yearbook posted. I'll be back here from time to time to chat with everyone.

Hi Annette ! Thank you to you and Shirley for getting me going on this forum I've been digging through some of the older posts and they are pretty interesting as well.

Russ


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Just an update. Although I didn't get to plant many beans this year, "Serbian Pole" was one of them (thanks Annette). It is in partial shade & in the root zone of a large tree, not the best location... but the vines are healthy, and the pod set has been good. I have begun collecting dry seed 85 days after sowing. The pods are 3-4" long, and contain 3-5 very fat seeds. I've really been tempted to try the shellies - and will! - but not until I've collected a large amount of dry seed.

In the process of shelling some dry pods, I observed that they were difficult to open - because there are no strings. It remains to be seen if the hull is still tender when mature.


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