- Dec 10, 2016
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- East-central Wisconsin
From others, only a few. A couple runner beans, which actually surprised me in how easy they were to clean up. I've had to clean up a couple of my own saved beans too, when I detected a cross in the population... given the amount of isolation that I use, those crosses have been few. I have had 2 beans sent to me over the years that were so heavily crossed that I abandoned the entire crop to the bean pot. As i recall, Jeminez was one of those; out of 10 plants, no two were identical... I couldn't even determine which (if any) was what it was supposed to be. And all that seed was identical prior to planting.how many beans do you think you've cleaned up over the years?
I've only had 2 crosses that I thought might be worth stabilizing; one a nearly solid red large bean from BE#3, and a very high-yielding black-seeded version of Bosnian Pole that alone produced over a pound of seed !!! Both of those are strong pole beans. But since my emphasis is on preservation grow outs, and with my gardens now greatly reduced in size, I may never get around to them. I have stored seed for both in the freezer in case I or someone else might attempt to stabilize them in the future.