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Unidentified seeds
 

Unidentified seeds

I found these seeds in the garden Could you please tell me what plant they are from and could I reset them? MckenzieF1, Carrickmcross, Co Monaghan Posted: 16/10/2016

These look like runner beans. Store them cool in a envelope and sow in April.

 

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when to harvest runner beans? 070620112, Curracloe, Co Wexford Posted: 05/07/2011

 

Pick the beans when they are of useable size, and this can be quite small, the size of a French bean and bigger.

Home gardeners are not generally trying to maximize yield and picking early extends the season and the quality is excellent.

 

runner bean identification

I think I picked up some unusual runner beans at an organic food festival in Bristol last year. I planted the seeds this year and the plants have produced some lovely beans which have a pale green base colour and are mottled with burgundy red squiggles. Do they have a known variety and are they eatable? mikeryemill, Bristol, Outside Ireland Posted: 29/08/2010

 

There are lots of varieties, some old kinds and heritage varieties. This might be 'Barlotto Firetongue' from your description.

  Runner beans - shriveled leaves
 

Runner beans - shriveled leaves

I have been growing runner beans for the past few years and have never had any problems. This year everthing was perfect until a couple of days ago when suddenly a whole lot of the leaves shriveled up as if they needed water. I watered them but the problem persists. Is this some kind of virus? Will it affect the actual beans? JohnnyBlackrock, Blackrock, Co Dublin Posted: 06/07/2010

 

From the photograph this would appear to be physical damage caused by the recent gales. The plants will get a small setback but will recover.

 

runner beans

Because of this inclement weather i brought my two varieties of runner beans into my polytunnel.they have developed a pest which is making the pods mold. how can i treat this pest? ANGIE, ROUNDWOOD, Co Wicklow Posted: 15/08/2009

 

Grey mould loves wet wether and soft beans. Nothing much you can do really, a good summer is needed for runner beans to do well, which is why they have not been very popular traditonally in this country.

 

runner beans

I planted runner bean seeds directly into the ground and 90% have come up quite strongly but all came up with yellowish leaves. Is this ok or is there a problem that I need to deal with. mikee, clonsilla, Co Dublin Posted: 22/05/2009

 

Runners beans and french beans often come up yellowish when sown outdoors because it is colder. They usually recover as soon as some warm days come along.

 

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