Yard Long Bean - Mixed Varieties

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Yard Long Bean - Mixed Varieties

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Ships January 2017
This is a mixture of the yard long beans that we have had success growing on Long Island.    The beans remain slender and will grow well over 16 inches and still remain. crisp and tender.  Asian long beans are a kind on cowpea unlike pole beans and thrive under hot and humid conditions and do best if irrigated during dry spells.  Stir-fry or sauté these with soy, garlic and hot pepper and you are in for a special treat or serve steamed at the spaghetti like 12 inch size to surprise guests with their nutty goodness.  
70 days. 

40 seeds (10 hills)

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Pole Asian Long Beans
Packet will plant 10 hills (40 seeds)

10 hills of pole beans can keep a family of 4 in green beans for the entire summer from a single planting.  Pole beans are indeterminate and will start bearing early and continue to bear as the vine grows through the summer.  As with all green beans, picking the pods at the tender immature stages before the pods become bumpy with developing seeds will result in more production.  Leaving the pods to mature will signal the plant to putting it’s resources into the seed instead of a new flush of flowers and long beans.  Asian long beans like warm soil conditions and thrive during hot weather as long as soil moisture is adequate.

Sow seeds directly into the soil Mid to late May on Long Island .   You can start seeds indoors two weeks earlier if you have the right cool and sunny environment so that seedlings do not become leggy.  Asian long beans require support because the twining vines can reach from 6 to 12 feet in height.  A tall fence or trellis will do.  Two for three beans every foot in a row is good spacing.   Many gardeners place a rough bark pole in the garden every three feet apart or three long bamboo poles ties together at the top in a teepee arrangement.  A hill or cluster of 2-3 beans is placed at the base of each pole.  Beans are planted an inch below the surface.  Beans benefit by irrigation during drought conditions.

Asian long beans can sometimes grow to 30 inches or more but are generally harvested at 12-16 inches when the pod is as slim as a pencil.  Longer beans may be fibrous and tough.  The pods grow quickly during the hot summer so check the vines daily.  Pods are crisp and tender, have a unique nuttiness which makes them excellent any way you would prepare garden beans.

 Asian Long beans a different species than the common bean.  They may cross with cowpeas but will not cross with garden beans.  Allow the beans to mature on the vines at the end of the season and the pods to dry brown.  A very easy seed saving project.