Special bean seeds

  • Special bean seeds

    Posted by Dotdan on March 7, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    My father in law always grew what he called sulfur beans. We loved them so he gave me some . I saved them for years but stopped because he had so many. Well his house burned and he lost all his too. We thought they were gone forever. He died a year ago so our daughter moved in his house. While she was going through one of his out building she found a quart of seed. My mother in law, who died over ten years ago, had sprinkled them with sevins dust to keep the bugs out. Last year I planted the whole quart seven sprouted but only five grew. They are his sulfur beans! I got 247 seeds off of the five plants. They are so precious to us. My question is with this crazy weather should I plant them this year or wait? We’re in East Tennessee. I would appreciate you all advice. I don’t want to lose them again.

    Dotdan replied 1 year ago 10 Members · 13 Replies
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  • Hippocrates_Garden

    March 7, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Plant some, save the rest.

  • Gypsy61

    March 8, 2023 at 12:23 am

    I’d wait till at least a week past normal planting time. (Check out weatherman plus on YouTube. He seems pretty accurate, and we have more cold nights coming. ) Then plan on planting half at first. You can do a small makeshift greenhouse for them to protect until you know the weather is good. I’d also have some light weight row cover on hand to protect from the insects.

    Wishing you the best! (From NE Bama)

    • Dotdan

      March 8, 2023 at 1:05 am

      Any other year that’s exactly the way I’d do it but with what they’re spraying in the air and what it’s doing to the soil I’m hesitant this year

      • CoachHeidi

        March 9, 2023 at 12:56 am

        I agree you should plant some and save some and agree that you should delay the planting a 2-3 weeks

  • BeeBon

    March 8, 2023 at 1:56 am

    Definitely plant some and save some. I never plant all my seeds regardless because I never know what I will encounter each season. But if you don’t plant any there is no possibility of them to multiply and give a harvest. Not sure they will be of much use to you in a jar.

    You might get in touch with http://www.SeedTreasures.com They grow out family heirlooms. You might consider sending a few to them and they can keep it going.

    • Dotdan

      March 8, 2023 at 7:18 pm

      That’s a good ideal. I’ve bought from every seed company I know that says anything about sulfur beans but they’re not the same bean.

  • BakerHillFarm

    March 8, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I would definitely plant some and save some. Maybe half it. You need new seeds, obviously the fertility diminishes quickly. I’m guessing they’re a good size bean. The ones you keep, I would keep as cool as possible.

  • JerseyGiantChick

    March 8, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Those are in deed special beens, light yellow beige?

    Seed what you need an can miss this year, save the rest. And do not seed to soon, after the last frost date so you do not loose them to the cold.

    • Dotdan

      March 8, 2023 at 7:24 pm

      They are a white bean when dried but when canned the water in the jar turns brownish. The bullet stays bigger than most beans.

  • yosef61

    March 8, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    That is great. Glad you were able to revive your dad seeds. I think that is great

  • jeffR

    March 9, 2023 at 12:51 am

    I would plant 1/5 or so out and later than normal as everyone else is suggesting. Snap a pic beside a quarter and post if you can?

  • R-N

    April 29, 2023 at 11:26 pm

    Just as a precaution I would plant maybe half and see how it goes. So if they do not produce this year you don’t loose all the seed.

    • Dotdan

      April 30, 2023 at 1:49 am

      That’s what I decided to do. The beds already if it ever warms up.

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