Simba surprise

I did my best to ignore the Simba bean plants since Mother’s Day, because I wanted to give the profusion of flowers a chance to decide whether or not they were going to do anything other than bloom. Well, just as a watched pot never boils, watched plants get shy. Some of the flowers did abort as expected, but…

A tiny Simba bean with petals still dangling from it.

…some didn’t!

The mortality rate is still high, but there are a few of these little fellas here and there on the two plants that are growing in our garden.

Something is feasting on the leaves, though – maybe a grasshopper or beetle; I just hope the little beans remain untouched.

Thanks again to Weed for the seeds to grow these plants. It’s always exciting to introduce new plants in the garden and to see them reach their full potential!

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Simba surprise — 12 Comments

  1. Hi, all -
    Since I hv no idea what simba beans are, I googled “simba bean pictures” and got pix of a bunch of stuff animals named simba (I think). CuriousG’s picture (larger version than one on this site) came up on google, and the ONLY one related to a plant! Whatever, it’s not important, just curious …. :-)

    • That’s too funny – I did the exact same thing when I first got the seeds, Miki! Simba beans are bush beans. The info I got from a seed supplier’s site is:

      ‘Simba’ is an open-pollinated, smooth, round, stringless variety; producing very dark green, fleshy beans 13-14 cm long with a great flavour. It is a heavy cropper and disease resistant to rust, summer death and halo blight. A major commercial variety, very suitable for farmer’s markets. Days to harvest: 45 – 52.

      They appear to be from Australia.

  2. Yes, the seeds came from Australia – Yates if I am not wrong, or Fothergill’s. They just had such a cute name and pretty colour! Ours really did not do well. I have a huge supply of American garden beans if anyone would like to try those? They are also bush beans which means nice compact tufty shapes. The beans are poor growers compared to our neverending long beans though.

    • The beans are developing ever so slowly, unlike long beans that are babies one day and suddenly harvestable before you know it. I may get a few seeds from you if I’m nearby, just for the sake of trying. ;)

  3. Tks for the enlightenment, CuriousG. Well, I’ve never grown any beans as I’m not particularly fond of them and besides, I really hv too many plants. It takes me about an hour to water them and that’s too long in my book. And, u know what? I spied a baby papaya on my do-nothing tree. Whoopee! However, I do see the bottom of the almost year-old papaya “ripening” or “rotting”, don’t know which, but keeping my paws crossed! Later ..

    • Hey Miki, that’s awesome that your papaya tree is finally putting out new fruits! Hope there will be many more to follow. I’m still intrigued by the year-old fruit – it’s the first time I’ve heard of this happening.

  4. Hellooooo! Putting out “fruit” is what it is, ONE, SATU! Weirdo (tree). Whatever. I’m moseying to your vine in a little bit :-)…… Later,