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    Default help needed with "Striped Bunch" pole bean

    Did I ever mention I love the VSP? I got so many fabulous varieties, some excitingly exotic, some wonderfully delicious, some simply beautiful - and this one to give me a funny surprise!

    I'm sorry I cannot say who donated them to the VSP, it doesn't say on the label so I thought I'd ask here. It seems to have been obtained from an HSL seed swap, so perhaps no one else has grown them but it can't hurt to ask anyway.

    You all probably know how bean seeds get darker with age. The seeds in the packet all looked very similar, and an unsuspecting me grew a number of plants on poles. Imagine my surprise when they turned out to be actually two distinctly different varieties!

    This is far beyond what you'd expect in terms of variation within one sort (especially as there are no "in betweens" - it's only one or the other). One has long, firm, straight pods and dark seeds right after shelling them, the other has shorter, soft and pliable pods (until fully dry) and much lighter seeds.

    Does anyone recognise the "true" Striped Bunch from the photos, or can even come up with an idea what the other one might be? I can't possibly pass them both on as Striped Bunches!

    The "heart" in the middle of the first picture are the original, older seeds. To the left and the right are the freshly harvested ones. By now they already look a lot more similar as the lighter ones darken, though not quite identical yet.
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    Very interesting
    I swapped some surplus VSP seeds for them at the local Seedy Saturday, Nellie. They are HSL seeds.
    Will have a look for the rest of the beans and see what they look like.
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    Extract from Adopt a Veg
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    A rarity! It is claimed that these beans can be found only in ‘one hollow’ in Right Beaver Creek, Knott County, Kentucky. Donated By John Yeoman, of The Village Guild, this variety is known in the USA as a pole bean, growing to about 1.5-2m in height. The pale yellow-orange flowers are followed by flat, green pods.

    Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.
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    They are listed in the 2011 cat. with a piccy. The ones on the left of your piccy look the closer match to me. It might be worth sending an e-mail to HSL

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    Thanks everyone, yes, I agree about the ones on the left.
    I must admit I didn't take proper notes this year so I cannot say whether flower colours were different, or whether both sorts had flat pods. I plan to grow both again next year and pay more attention to all the possible differences.

    The remaining seeds really look pretty similar so I can totally see how they could have got mixed up.
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    I haven't got a clue but they're all beautiful!
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    The look the same as my Serbian pole beans, most of mine are the lighter ones with just a handful showing the darker brown colour.

    beans on left are this years seeds, right ones are last years but they have gone darker with age.


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