Runner Bean White Lady

I've left a few pods on these runners, hoping to save some seed to plant next year.  I am still waiting for the pods to turn brown, and I want to use the large pot they are in for tulips.  I had a peep inside one of the pods and there are some very plump white beans inside.  Do I pick them now and dry them off  in the shed?

 The pods are a sort of greeny/black/brown.

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    As long as there is plenty of air circulation around them they will dry off. Dont bunch them though or they will rot.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Can you move the pot into the shed so that they ripen 'on the vine'?  Get some help so you don't put your back out!!!

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 510

    I would harvest now before they rot and dry the beans indoors. I collected the last of my Moonlight pods yesterday which hopefully will give me plenty of seed for next year.

  • Thanks for the replies!  Dove, it's a large pot and a small shed, so I don't think that's possible  image  So I will have to remove the pods from the vine.  Would it be better to dry them off indoors, rather than in the shed?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    I think the shed will be fine, as long as it's dry. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Not sure if I'm missing something here, but I've grown them for years and the seed has always been white.

    Best runner bean for all conditions, bar none!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Yes, the seeds of white flowered beans are white, but the pods should be brown and a bit papery when the seeds are ripe, don't you think?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Well yes, the pods should fully dried out and (as you say) papery. The seed should be  plump & creamy, with maybe the odd wrinkly one amongst them.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,376

    I have grown those before, but this year i grew Firestorm, turns out it won the AGM , RHS award, they were fantastic.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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