- Sep 11, 2018
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@seakangaroo, how did these outcrosses go for you? Any progress stabilizing them? (from a comment in the 2015 thread)
I've been hovering impatiently over my outcross beans growling "ripen! ripen!" and today the first ones did and I am pleased as punch! Here are two of the children of the cross I was calling Blossom Valley back in post #277:
The ones on the left don't have the streaking of their parent but are beauties anyway, and the ones on the right got harvested young but look like they have their parent's pattern and color! I know they look a lot more white than the original, but beans grown in my yard often end up with a different white:color ratio than "reality," so I'm pretty certain they came true. Here's a side-by-side of Giant Red Tarka seeds to show what I mean; left ones were grown in Wisconsin and right ones were grown by me (there's some Jacob's Cattle looming in on the left, too; ignore those):
And one of the few Pied Python plants that made it all the way through bad germination, drought, and stupid neighbor cats has a few fat pods that are nearly in the shelly stage, so with just a bit more luck that line will get to continue as well. There's still many months left in the season here, so I'll be able to plant a second round of beans with my results from all of these. They've all been bush plants so far so that makes it easy.
And to top it off, I got a weirdo in my row of Fort Portal Jade: