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Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis
Other names: Yard (Metre) long beans
Characteristics: Annual climbing legume 2-3m
Seed per packet: 10
A fast growing Asian variety of bean that produces an abundance of thin long green stringless pods containing black beans.
Pods can grow to 50-60 cm but are best picked around 30cm when the seed is smaller and more flavoursome. Good steamed, stir-fried, in curries and in salads. Can be eaten fresh as whole pod fresh or cooked.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Late Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer
Sow: 25mm deep.
Soaking seed overnight prior to sowing helps with the up-take of moisture for germination. Best sown direct in growing position in moist soil.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 10cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 8-10 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Adaptable to most good garden soils, prefers an open sunny position.