- Dec 10, 2016
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- East-central Wisconsin
Plant as many of the desired cross as possible... the more plants, the greater likelihood of getting at least one with the desired characteristics. And if you can bag at least one flower cluster from each plant, it may accelerate the process of selection. Otherwise, with bees potentially doing new crosses each year, you are chasing a moving target. If you blossom bag & at harvest find a plant that matches what you are looking for, use that seed for the next generation. Blossom bagging beans is admittedly a PITA, but it can potentially save years in the selection process.@Bluejay77 @Ridgerunner When you're trying to stabilize a bean, in any given year how many seeds would you plant of the seed ''variety''? Let's say one plant in a row of bushes doesn't come true, but you like it. How many would you plant from that single crossed plant? I have a pole cross I'd like to stabilize and wonder if planting my typical 4 seeds to a pole would be too few seeds to bother with?
I'm a little curious about, on average, how long it takes to stabilize something and what your odds have been at each attempt?