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Hyacinth bean

Posted by shillanorth 4A (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 2:52

Anybody growing this and how does it behave in northern regions.

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RE: Hyacinth bean

I grew it when I lived in Colo. But it was an annual. Did great tho. Have a friend in Ohio and she grows it there.

RE: Hyacinth bean

I save the seed of Dolichos labab from year to year. Easy to grow, and the seed pods are as much a feature of its beauty as the flowers. Especially if positioned where the Sun is behind the vines.

RE: Hyacinth bean

I've grown it the past three summers and love the purple hues in the stems and leaves, flowers are lovely and the beans so sweet.

This past summer: started indoors, planted out first week in June (after frost danger has passed) into a pot - they require warmth (heat). Never did well in the ground, just sat all summer. By the end of September the ones in the pot had grown approx 12-15 feet in height. We had a strange summer with less heat than normal, so they did well. We typically have a killing frost mid to end of September if that gives you a timeline. Pods produced beans, but they were smaller than the purchased seed - probably needed more time to develop. I'm going to grow that seed next year to see if there's any difference from the store bought.

RE: Hyacinth bean

I just picked up a package of seeds today. I have grown them in the past and they did very well. I started in the house in peat pots and when the weather was warm enough I put them into a large container with a trellis. I have never eaten the beans I was under the assumption they are toxic.

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