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Growing Yardlong Beans


Photo of growing yard long beans Yard long beans one of the sweetest and
most tender bean varieties

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Growing Yardlong Beans

Yard long bean also known by a variety of other names including, Chinese long beans, asparagus beans and snake beans. Best harvested and eaten as green beans, they can be steamed, stir fried or eaten raw in salads


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Photo left - Best planting practice is to direct sow seeds to the garden 2 inches (5 cm) deep and 4 inches (10 cm) apart. When 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) high select the strongest plants and thinned to at least 8 inches (20 cm) apart. Seeds germination within 6-10 days of sowing and flowering 5-6 weeks from sowing.
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Photo right top - Like all beans yard long beans grow best in full sun, they are a climbing bean type requiring a trellis for support. Healthy plants will produce flowers and beans continuously for many months.
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Photo right bottom - There are many varieties of yard long beans and are generally identified by the color of the matured seeds. In this photo is a Burgundy colored variety.
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Photo left top - Flowering of the yard long bean is short and the attractive mauve flower dies off quickly as the pod begins to develop.
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Photo of young yard long beans emerging after flowering

Photo left bottom - The pods hang in pairs that should be picked for vegetable uses before matured. If left to fully mature the Yard-long bean grows true to their name.
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Harvesting

Photo of growing yardlong beans mature seed pods

Photo right - For the best flavor and a good snap, beans should be picked while their shape is still smooth and they are still young and tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 feet (30-45 cm)long. If left until the pod part begins to collapse around the swelling seed, where you can see the seed or bean shape showing thru the skin, as in this photo, they can be eaten like any dried bean or saved as seed for the next season.
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