Hyacinth Bean - Key Growing Information

Hyacinth bean, with its bluish-purple flowers and red-violet pods, is an ornamental and forage crop.

DAYS TO GERMINATION:

5-12 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)

SOWING:

Transplant - Sow 4-6 weeks before planting out. Direct seed - After danger of frost.

LIGHT PREFERENCE:

Sun.

PLANT HEIGHT:

10-20'. Trellis or other support required.

PLANT SPACING:

12".

HARDINESS ZONES:

Zones 9-10.

HARVEST:

Flowers - 80% of flowers on stem are open. Pods - When half on stem are shiny and firm. Edible flowers - Fully open.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:

Moderately fertile soil.

USES:

Cut flower. Seeds, young leaves, and flowers are completely edible. Quick cover for arbors, walls, fences, and trellises.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:

Dolichos lablab

ALTERNATE NAMES:

Bonavist-bean, lablab-bean