What is the best way to save green bean seeds? We have saved tomato seeds for years, but do you let the beans fully mature and dry on the vines before finishing drying them indoors?
We put the seeds in a small bowl of water just to cover and then change the water after 2 days. leave them 2 more days and then dry them on paper towels or clean dish towells. Put them in a small pimento or other small jar with a lid when they are good and dry. Not sure if the soakings are really necessary, but some old farmer said it ferments the gel coating and any diseases off the seeds. Good luck.naturewoman said:And how do you do the tomatoes?
James Dilley gave you an option for such beans. String them up and dry them. There is no other option than simply allowing them to dry in the pods since you already pulled them off the vines. Proper procedure would have been to leave them on the vines until dry, either in the garden or hanging elsewhere.Bump.
Works for me! In fact, White Willow Leaf and King of the Garden Pole are drying on uprooted vines right now. What probably happened is that the pods looked like they were dry enough for the beans to also be dry but they were not. Look at James Dilley's post again and you'll see 6 weeks drying time and that's right. That time ensures that both pod and bean are dry enough for shelling and storing.Well, thats what I tried to do--leave them on the vines to dry--but evidentally that dosent work for lima beans--they all molded!