The Land Rover Owners Wife

Pole Bean, Cherokee Trail of Tears (saved seed)

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Cherokee Trail of Tears (saved seed)
Sown indoors: 7th April 2013
First Seedling: 13th April 2013
Germination: 6 days
Germination Ratio: 4/5 at 14th April

These seeds were harvested from pods which I had left to dry out on last years plants. The parent plants were grown from seed obtained from the Real Seed Catalogue and I hope that I will be able to continue to save seed from the new and future seasons, as each subsequent generation of seed should be that little bit more adjusted to our particular garden, in terms of environmental and weather factors.

Bean Pole Cherokee Trail of Teras 14th April: 1 day old

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears

11th May: Last year these beans grew quite slowly compared to the peas and runner beans and I thought it was down to the prolonged cold snap. However, this year there is no real difference and now 1 month later these seedlings have only reached around 1 foot in height.

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears

17th May: The beans have been planted out against the back fence.

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears 1st June: This variety is a slow growing bean in my experience but the plants are now beginning to find their way up the poles.

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears

6th July: These plants have really taken their time to grow but they are now as tall as the fence and we have the first flowers. This is huge for me, as these plants were grown from seed saved from last years sowings and there was no guarantee they would produce anything. Now it’s a wait to see if any beans set.

Pole Bean CherokeeTrail of Tears

15th July: Yay! Success, my saved seed was viable and we now have the first beans to prove it – they still have some growing to do though 🙂

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears

20th July: Ready for picking. I have left 1 of the first pods on each saved seed plant, to fully ripen and then dry out for next years seed, thus ensuring that the seed will be as healthy as possible, as it has been grown whilst the parent plant was at its’ healthiest.

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears

14th August: one of the pods which have been left to go to seed.

Pole Bean Cherokee Trail of Tears for seed

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5 thoughts on “Pole Bean, Cherokee Trail of Tears (saved seed)

  1. I sowed these same exact beans on the 7th also! Sowed outdoors and they emerged yesterday, April 14. May they be productive for both of us!

  2. We’re trying to grow peas this year, but the first batch got eaten by slugs, so I think we’re about a month behind you. My fingers are crossed for peas, but I’m confident we’ll at least have flowers!

    • Hello and thank you for your comment. Fingers crossed your peas are speedy growers and you get a decent crop a bit later on in the year. I don’t generally grow peas as a main crop due to the numbers I would need to get a decent crop and the resultant space issues, although I have dabbled a couple of times but only with a half dozen or so plants. That said, I always grow mangetout and usually ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’, as these tend to reach cropping age quickly, produce copious numbers of pods and make a nice tasty snack or addition to salads when raw but can be equally as delicious lightly blanched as part of a main meal or in a stir fry.

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