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Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« on: July 29, 2020, 12:30:01 »
I like a variety from T&M called Pencil Pod Black Wax and was unable to buy more, so was pleased when I found a few left in a very old packet. 
Quite a few germinated so I was pleased knowing also I could hopefully save some seed.  I ended up with 12 nice plants. 
But then things started to be odd.  They started producing  climbing tendrills.  The first one to appear I removed, but they produced more, and soon all the plants had them.   So I provided some sticks, but these were not long enough so I put in canes.  Then they produced more and more climbing tendrills.  Then it became obvious that every leaf node was producing another climbing tendrill, and the leaf node on the tendrills were producing more tendrills, so now each cane has 6,7,8 tendrills maybe more, wrapped around it and more coming and more sticking out of the plant.  The plants are now huge and finally have started to have a few flowers.
Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
I must have grown the rest of the packet some years ago, but can not remember anything exceptional except I liked the variety.
I grew them first about 10 years ago I remember them along one side of my plot and they did well, but the packet I found was not that old.   It was the SSW edge so I would have remembered any tendency to climb.   



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Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« on: July 29, 2020, 12:30:01 »

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Re: Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 13:39:31 »
I think I would save a few seeds this year and see what comes next year that way provided it is not an F1 variety youshould e ok for the  future . You could always use the various search sits to trace the original .

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Re: Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 15:14:04 »
They are not F1 they are a heritage seed variety.  Several companies in the USA sell them.  I am not sure that T&M had them this year, not in our local garden centre, out of stock online.  But we have lost Wyevale and gained Hilliers so we had fewer seed varieties to choose from.  (Plants are very pricy).
I do intend to save some seed.  If it produces any. 
The bean plants are very shy on the flower front.   I really want to continue to grow the variety. 
Actually I am growing 8 different types of dwarf wax beans.
First to produce beans has been HSL Hungarian Wax, but Lidl's Best Wachs not far behind.   

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Re: Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 19:12:55 »
Yes tendrils are pretty normal in older dwarf varieties.  Maybe because of the weather more than most years.  I would not worry.  :wave:

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Re: Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2020, 04:07:04 »
Just read the description.  T and M say they grow to 50cm which is actually very tall for a dwarf variety.  They would need a bit of support.  Hope the slightly bigger plants will bring you a huge harvest too.  :wave:

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Re: Day of Triffids crossed with Dwarf bean
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 12:04:01 »
Hmm. Maybe that's why my dwarf borlotto from Suttons kept turning out to be climbers?
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