Hyacinth Bean Vine

pattyokieApril 4, 2012

Does anyone know if the hyacinth bean vine has to have a male/female in the area to set flowers? I had beautiful vines & flowers in OKC when we lived there but there were several in our neighborhood. Here in Broken Arrow I have tried to grow it 3 years now and it never sets flowers. Wondering if I need to put on a little mood music & search down a suitable companion this year before I try again.

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macmex

No, I believe it does just fine as "a single."

George
Tahlequah, OK

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 7:20AM
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tigerdawn(7)

I think it doesn't take heat very well. I started a few several weeks ago and I'm going to put them in the ground soon. I may bring a few to the swap too.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 9:57AM
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pattyokie

Thank you so much. I will try again.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 1:18PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

Hi Patty,

I have noticed that it often is very slow to flower, often not flowering until mid-summer. In my yard it tends to start blooming around the same time as the moonflower vines. Extreme heat can shut down the blooming but when the weather cools a little, the plants will flower.

Otherwise, be sure it isn't in a location where it is getting too much nitrogen, like for example if it is near a lawn that is regularly fertilized. With bean plants, nitrogen can give you all foliage and no flowers. Shade possibly could impede flowering, but it would take a lot of shade because I grow beans (including hyacinth bean) in part shade all the time with great results.

One other possible issue would be that flowering can be impeded by exposure to lighting at night. Hyacinth bean vines are short day/long night plants and can refuse to flower if they get too much light at night from street lights, security lights near driveways, and other outdoor lighting. If yours has too much light from some outdoor lighting, you might try planting in a different location that stays darker at night.

Dawn

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 1:37PM
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biradarcm(7b)

I have been growing Hyacinth Bean since last three years. They seems to bean bisexual flowers, they produce just fine with single wine as well. But they produce very late and some of the pods will not make mature before fall frost hits. If you enforce some stress conditions such as low nitrogen, no water, etc to produce better and earlier than than when you take care of them well. -Chandra

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 10:36AM
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pattyokie

Thanks, Dawn & Chandra. I think you hit the nail on the head: I had been planting it on the edge of the lawn (fertilized) & near the garage light.

Haven't been able to find seeds in the store this year. I won't be able to make it to the Swap, though. Does anybody in Tulsa area have any they would share? I have zinnia & purple coneflower seeds I could exchange.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:48PM
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the_texas_herb_lady

Herbal Affair Sand Springs vendors have them.
I always find lots of good and hard to find plants.
Brenda
Plant Today For A Beautiful Tomorrow :)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 1:28AM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

Patty, I have some seed I can send you, but let me put some in a wet paper towel and see if I get good germination rates. These seeds are some I collected several years ago and never planted because mine started reseeding on their own.

Or, if you want me to send you the seed first without testing it for germination, just e-mail me your address through GW and I will send you the seed and you can germination-test it by planting it.

Dawn

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 10:06AM
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amosannette

Love these. Been growing them for several years now. They typically flower in late summer then the beans follow in early fall (september/october), except this year. It's mid June and my beans are already flowering and producing beans. It's never happened this early. Anyone else seeing this in Oklahoma? I'm hoping they aren't going to die off early since they seem to be ahead of the game this year.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 5:48PM
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amosannette

Love these. Been growing them for several years now. They typically flower in late summer then the beans follow in early fall (september/october), except this year. It's mid June and my vines are already flowering and producing beans. It's never happened this early. Anyone else seeing this in Oklahoma? I'm hoping they aren't going to die off early since they seem to be ahead of the game this year.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 5:50PM
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pattyokie

Dawn sent me some beans which I planted in two places, front & back yard, on the same day. The one in the back has grown beautifully & already wrapped itself around the old mailbox I have "planted" in the garden to hold extra gloves, small tools etc. The one in the front has hardly grown at all. It seems very odd to me. The difference seems to be that the back one is in soil that I have amended & added lots of compost etc. for the 8 yrs we've lived here. The front one is in a new little bed I made around the new "real" mailbox & I just put in topsoil.

While I wish the front one had grown & wrapped around the mailbox and been gorgeous, it has been a great test for me of soil conditions even tho it wasn't intentional.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 11:47PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

I'm not seeing it this year because my husband mowed down the ones that reseeded from last year, and I didn't plant any more. I have seen it in other years. The beans normally will continue to grow in height/width and will keep blooming. However, the more beans that you let develop after the flowers have fallen, the less the plant will keep flowering. Just snip off the beans to keep the plants in bloom. I usually snip them off once or twice in the summer, then leave them alone in fall so they can mature to give me seed for the next year. Everything is really early this year because we warmed up so early and barely had any real cold weather at all.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 11:44AM
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