Seeds - Bean, Green Yard Long (Pole) OG (SGH)
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Description: Need a little edible-ornamental drama in your garden? These popular Asian beans develop eye-catching pods that dangle 35 - 60 cm (15" - 24") from the vigorous vines. These look so cool grown over a garden structure where the drapey effect can be admired. The beans are eaten just like regular green beans, steamed, but really come to life when sautéed hot with a little oil and garlic!
Also known as Asparagus beans and are closely related to Cowpeas.
Pack Size: 20
Latin Name: Vigna unguiculata
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 60 - 70 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: Strongly climbing vines
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Soil and Nutrient Requirements: Beans require soil with average fertility. Choose well-drained, warm soils.
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 22ºC. Temperatures below 15ºC will result in seed-rot.
Indoors / Outdoors: Long beans can be started indoors in early May; just be sure to use a biodegradable pot such as one made from coco-coir. The advantage of starting this type of bean indoors is that you will get to harvest much earlier. Alternatively, direct-seed outdoors once all risk of frost has passed (early June in southern MB). Sow successive plantings every 2 - 3 weeks to ensure a continual harvest.
Planting Depth: 1”.
Spacing: Sow seeds 2 - 3” apart in rows 15 - 24” apart. Thin to 4 - 6” once first true set of leaves has developed.
Mixed Planters: Not suited to mixed planters.
Garden Companions: Beets, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, corn, eggplant, potato, radishes, kale, lettuce, peas, potatoes, swiss chard, and strawberry.
Plants to Avoid: All members of the allium family (onions, leeks, garlic, scallions) and Kohlrabi inhibit growth in beans. Sunflowers will compete for light.
Pest/Disease Issues: Aphids can be washed off plants with a hard stream of water.
Harvesting: Harvest early and often to increase yields. Remove over-sized beans to maintain pod production.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.