Saving broad bean seeds

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Wendy Seel
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Saving broad bean seeds

Does anyone have top tips on saving broad bean seeds?  I have quite a few good beans left on late sown plants in the field that are now too tough to send out to customers, but probably not quite ripe enough yet to harvest for seed.  I have tried (a bit half heartedly) to save seeds in the past and have had trouble with the pods going mouldy.  Am I too late in the season is there any hope for this batch? :)

Phelim Knifton
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re saving broad bean seeds

If you can keep them dry then they should be fine, the best bet is indoors in a single layer in crates with a dehumidifier - I run one in our squash store so any unripe seed crops find themselves in there until they're fully dry.  If you're able to find a warm corner in your home a dehumidifier is less necessary.

Another option is to stack them in a greenhouse or polytunnel, although the humidity and cold is much more likely to cause mould again.

I'm impressed you've been cropping broad beans this far into autumn, ours always got so covered in rust by late august I gave up trying.

Wendy Seel
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re saving broad bean seeds

Thank you!   I will give it a go with the dehumidifier :)

 

Ashley Wheeler ...
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Hi, 

Hi, 

 

Ideally its best to save seed in not too warm conditions - around 15celsius is good. The most important thing is airflow. If they dry with too much heat they may crack. I would probably try putting them in shallow crates in an airy spot, or even better with a fan or dehumidifier. 

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