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06/11/2013 at 15:26

I've left a few pods on these runners, hoping to save some seed to plant next year.  I am still waiting for the pods to turn brown, and I want to use the large pot they are in for tulips.  I had a peep inside one of the pods and there are some very plump white beans inside.  Do I pick them now and dry them off  in the shed?

 The pods are a sort of greeny/black/brown.

06/11/2013 at 16:28

As long as there is plenty of air circulation around them they will dry off. Dont bunch them though or they will rot.

06/11/2013 at 16:29

Can you move the pot into the shed so that they ripen 'on the vine'?  Get some help so you don't put your back out!!!

06/11/2013 at 16:31

I would harvest now before they rot and dry the beans indoors. I collected the last of my Moonlight pods yesterday which hopefully will give me plenty of seed for next year.

06/11/2013 at 17:24

Thanks for the replies!  Dove, it's a large pot and a small shed, so I don't think that's possible    So I will have to remove the pods from the vine.  Would it be better to dry them off indoors, rather than in the shed?

06/11/2013 at 19:44

I think the shed will be fine, as long as it's dry. 

06/11/2013 at 20:06

Not sure if I'm missing something here, but I've grown them for years and the seed has always been white.

Best runner bean for all conditions, bar none!

06/11/2013 at 20:10

Yes, the seeds of white flowered beans are white, but the pods should be brown and a bit papery when the seeds are ripe, don't you think?

06/11/2013 at 21:09

Well yes, the pods should fully dried out and (as you say) papery. The seed should be  plump & creamy, with maybe the odd wrinkly one amongst them.

07/11/2013 at 09:28

I have grown those before, but this year i grew Firestorm, turns out it won the AGM , RHS award, they were fantastic.

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