Hyacinth bean is part of the Dolichos genus and its scientific name is Lablab purpureus. The purpureus part of this plant's botanical name means 'purple'.This variety typically blooms in the following colours: Blue-violet. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours: Grade 1 Paint Green. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as Grade 1 Paint Green colour. Hyacinth bean grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering semi-edible vegetable / flower. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Hyacinth bean is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.95 feet (that's 60.0 cm in metric) with a climbing habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid autumn, followed by first harvests in early winter. Consider Ruby Moon, White, and Moonshadow to grow as they are very popular with home gardeners.
Typically, Hyacinth bean is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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Soak seeds 12-24 hours to speed germination
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Hyacinth bean about 42 days before your last frost date .
Transplant when first vine appears or plant will tangle.
By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Hyacinth bean about 90 days before your last frost date.
Pick when pods turn brown
They are sometime self-seeding
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Hyacinth bean so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Hyacinth bean so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Hyacinth bean plants:
Dolichos lablab, Lablab violet, Lablab violet bean, Purple Lablab, Lablab bean
Misspellings: Lablan bean, Lablan violet, Lablan violet bean, Lablan, Purple lablan, purple lablan bean
11 Apr 2013
I find this a trouble free plant that just continues to grow from year to year, providing excellent ground cover, smothering weeds, even managing to suppress vigorous grasses during the wet season.
11 Oct 2012
plant finished for season, died off
Hyacinth bean care instructions
How long does Hyacinth bean take to grow?
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