The Land Rover Owners Wife

Runner Bean, Czar (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: Czar (saved seed)
Sown indoors: 7th April 2013
First Seedling: 12th April 2013
Germination: 5 days
Germination Ratio: 6/8 at 16th 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.



13th April: 1 day old

Bean Runner Czar

14th April: 5 seedlings are growing nicely

Runner Bean Czar

23rd April: Within the protection of the bubble wrapped greenhouse, the beans are growing fast.

Runner Bean Czar

23rd May: Finally planted out into the garden and already flowers are forming.

Runner Bean Czar    Runner Bean Czar flower

7th June: The flowers are open and now it’s a case of waiting to see how long before the first bean is set.

Runner Bean Czar flower

24th June: As these plants have been grown from saved seed, it was very excited to see the first few tiny runner beans.

Runner Bean Czar 30th June

Runner bean Czar

15th July: We’ve enjoyed the first few beans now and they have been delicious. I have kept three of the straightest pods on the plants and these will be allowed to mature and then dry out, ready to be used as next years seeds. I am saving pods at the start of the pod production, 1 on each of three plants, so that the seeds are formed whilst the parent plant is at its’ healthiest.

Runner Bean Czar

7th August: This is one of the pods which we have left on the plants to produce the seed for next year.

Runner Bean Czar for seed

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