The Q&A Archives: Hyacinth Beans

Question: I planted Hyacinth Beans last year. The plants were beautiful, but they never bloomed even though I planted them as soon as possible in the spring, and they didn't frost until the end of October. They had "green" leaves and were supposed to have "red"leaves. The seed package said they don't transplant well, so I didn't start them inside. They had beautiful plants with flowers at the Fair last year, so I know they will grow here.

Answer: Dolichos lablab, or Hyacinth Bean, is a perennial vining plant that's generally grown as an annual. The plants require full sunshine, regular water, and well-draining soils. Perhaps your soil needs to be amended with aged compost (or other organic matter) to help it hold just the right amount of water and yet drain well. Try planting them again this year and be sure to choose a sunny spot. Water deeply once each week (more often if the weather gets really hot). Better luck this year!

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