When to Plant in Spring:
- Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
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Planting: Sow seeds 1” deep 8” apart along fence line or trellis. When seedlings develops true leaves, thin to 12 inches apart.
Care: Train and guide vines by tucking or trimming them back so that they don’t get overgrown. Pull out any dead and brown leaves as plant grows.
Harvest: Flowers and pods can be harvested to make a unique and pretty bouquets. The flowers as well as bean pods are also edible. However, mature seeds must be boiled before eating as they contain a trypsin inhibitor that is broken down by heat as well as a cyanogenic glucoside that is leached out by the cooking water. Could be toxic if eaten raw.
Special Instructions/Tips: Provide a trellis, fence line, porch column or other vertical structure for vines to grow and thrive.
Germination: 5 – 12 days
Days to Maturity: 100 – 120
Preferences: Plenty of water, full sun, well-draining soil