The "SuperBean"

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wellingtons

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« on: August 02, 2007, 09:43 »
My runner beans all failed first time round and are now slowly catching up, but I do have one bean that somehow appeared in the right place early in the season.

This particular plant is about 8 foot tall and most interestly is really dense and bushy.  It is the only plant producing runner beans at the minute and it's keeping me busy, picking enough for 3 or 4 meals a week!!  And it's been doing that for the last month.

I wondered if I kept seeds from this particular plant would I blessed with a whole row of SuperBeans.  If I could guarantee next years' beans would perform this way, I could get away with just planting 2 or 3 of them and keep me in more than enough runners!

I suspect it may be hit and miss and no guarantees!

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 09:57 »
Guess it depends if it breeds true. Was the original a F1 variety?

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 11:04 »
If there are other bean varieties around it will have cross pollinated.  I'd be tempted to give it a go though, just for fun  :D
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 11:08 »
just leave that plant where it is - let it self seed - and you will have even better beans next year.

runner beans are better the following season - i use the same bean trench for 3/4 seasons and leave at least half of the previous years beans in - and by sowing just a few new ones each year - which will then last for several years - you are always renewing the stock if you know what i mean - i'm a bid brain dead this morning - hope i've explained it ok :lol:

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sorry Splodger are you saying ...
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 11:46 »
... that this years beans will regrow??  Or that I should keep using the same space and leave a few beans to fall to the ground and make new plants?

I'm happy to use the same space for as long as I can, as it's a perfect division of the plot tidy bit on view, runner beans then mayhem ...  :lol:

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Erm ... I don't know ...
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 11:47 »
... what the original variety was off the top of my noodle, and I doubt that I still have the packet, but will check.

Aunt Sally, there are other beans around, but none flowering on my plot ... lol ... well not yet anyhoo!

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2007, 13:20 »
just leave the plant - don't cut down or anything - just leave it alone.

you have nothing to lose - everything to gain.

just pop a few new bean plants in as a backup / new stock for next season etc.

this years beans will produce a great yeild next year - and earlier than any beans you sow next season  :wink:

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2007, 13:41 »
Sploger will this work for French climbing beans, leaving them in the ground for next year?
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splodger

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2007, 16:16 »
don't think so - but there again - i've not tried it

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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2007, 12:46 »
Splodger,  runner beans aren't particularly frost hardy so maybe your plan might work "daarn saarf", but in deepest Yorkshire I can't see the plants surviving one season to the next without major protection.
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 12:55 »
the seeds will germinate but the plants wont if the ground becomes frozen ,i have seen runner plants regrow here in suffolk so it can werk , sow ya seed early then plant out when ready,  then sow a few seeds a couple weeks later in the same bed next to ya plants ,you can do this for a couple months i have em growing from may to october like that , n wellies me likkle fruitbat ,save some seed  anyways  :wink:
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 13:39 »
Quote from: "muntjac"
n wellies me likkle fruitbat ,save some seed  anyways  :wink:

Just what I said, but I like they way you said it better  :lol:



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