How to Save Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2690
Family: Fabaceae
Binomial name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Self-pollinated
Isolation Distance 3m
Population Required for Viable Seeds 1
Population Required to Maintain Variety 5-10
When to Harvest When pods become brittle and change colour from green to tan.
How to Harvest

Cut or pick pods from the plant; spread out on a screen to dry until seeds are hard. Shell seeds from individual pods by hand or place multiple pods into a sack and gently tread on them to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff if required.

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What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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