Soybean (Glycine max)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 12 inches to 60 inches (Varies by cultivar)
Plant Spread: Varies by cultivar
Fruit: Other: Hairy pods in clusters of 3 to 5, each containing three to four seeds.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Varies by cultivar.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2013 12:12 AM

Do you like fresh edamame, but not the price? Soybeans are very easy to grow at home, and seed can be purchased inexpensively in gourmet grocery stores, as the beans are often sprouted and eaten. Because it fixes nitrogen, the soybean requires very little fertilizer, and it also tolerates intermittent watering well. They do not require staking or trellising, and they grow to about 3' high on sturdy stems. Collect pods when they are plump but still green for edamame, or allow them to brown and dry on the plant for other uses (dry beans, animal feed, seed saving, etc.). Flowers are less showy than most beans, being only about 1/4" across and held close to the plant's stem.

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