Growing pulses from the supermarket...?

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Growing pulses from the supermarket...?

Post: # 255866Post Chants Cottage
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:39 pm

A few days ago I put a lot of chickpeas, butterbeans and soya beans in a tray of tissue and soaked them to see if any will germinate... The chickpeas are looking promising but I suspect I'm on a hiding to nothing with the soya beans. No idea about the butter beans. Just wondered if anyone else had had much / any luck with growing dried pulses like this...

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Post: # 255867Post okra
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:46 pm

Not with pulses, but my dad once germinated some plum tomatoes from a tin

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Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:48 pm

I sprout adzuki beans

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Post: # 255869Post Green Aura
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:49 pm

I've never tried growing them to mature plants but use them regularly for sprouts - delicious.

It's unlikely that the soya beans will amount to anything over here, they require a really long growing season, plant breeders have produced a strain specifically for the UK, but I doubt they're the ones you'll buy, dried, in a shop. Don't know about the butter beans but, again, they're a staple of southern USA so I'm guessing they have a longer season than we can provide too.
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Post: # 256096Post Chants Cottage
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:20 am

Well, I've planted the sprouted chickpeas in pots in the greenhouse now so I suppose I'll just cross my fingers and wait. The butterbeans and soya beans as predicted are doing, well, not a lot. I have sprouted beans to eat before but I've got a really bad habit of putting them in the sprouter, hiding them in the recommended dark place and... forgetting about them until they have turned into a big horrible mess of mould.... Maybe I should try again and leave them on my windowsill. Not sure they have to be in the dark anyway?...

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Post: # 256123Post Green Aura
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:08 pm

No, I always do mine on the windowsill.
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Post: # 256136Post Zech
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:51 pm

I tried growing canellini beans from the supermarket last year. The plants grew quite well, though they were fairly small (I have no idea how big they were supposed to be). I got a few beans off them, but only very few. Mind you, the broad beans were much the same last year, too.
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