Seeds forum: Velvet Bean

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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Feb 23, 2016 8:47 PM CST
Anyone ever grown? I got my hands on some seed today and never heard of it. The products made from it supposedly have medicinal value and are EXPENSIVE! Good grief.

I understand that it can grow to 50 feet or so.
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poisondartfrog
Feb 23, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Mucuna pruriens? I grew them in a 20 gallon pot one summer. The vines grew and grew and grew and leapt from the support I provided to supports for other plants nearby, stretching across empty space like it could see where the next post or trellis was. The almost black form has attractive dark blooms and striking dark velvety seed pods. I really enjoyed it, but I would place it differently if I were to grow it again; somewhere neighboring plants would not be compromised.

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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Feb 23, 2016 8:57 PM CST
well, apparently it does have long standing history here. This is interesting....
http://www.ag.auburn.edu/comm/news/1997/velvetbean.php

The benefits sound wonderful...I did not get as far as taste in my checking on the bean...LOL....do we know if it's good taste-wise? Sounds as though we should all be growing it.....LOL...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Feb 23, 2016 9:03 PM CST
Sounds as though there are wide ranging uses for it, but suppose I won't be growing it for 'food'....does sound like something that should once again be pursued in agriculture though....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Feb 23, 2016 11:18 PM CST
A bottle of like 60 capsules for 40 $. Yep. Were I 30 years younger, there are a lot of things I would be growing. This, Stevia, Milkweed. WRT the latter - a lot of corn farmers should move to Milkweed and make 100s of times as much money as they can with corn. Good for the Monarchs too.

Not sure what Velvet Bean is host to.
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billyporter
Feb 24, 2016 7:02 AM CST
With a little fertilizer I think it could be a beanstalk, lol!
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Feb 24, 2016 8:19 AM CST
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Feb 24, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Gonna plant some tomorrow.
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billyporter
Feb 25, 2016 1:40 PM CST
David,
Take pictures as it grows. It sounds interesting.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Feb 25, 2016 10:05 PM CST
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From what I have read, it grows like Jack's proverbial beanstalk.

[First moving picture show (what they were called way back when) I ever saw was about Jack and the Beanstalk - with my maternal grandmother nearly 7 decades ago. Just had a flashback. ]
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billyporter
Feb 26, 2016 7:23 AM CST
David,
That's what I thought it sounded like. Wasn't Jack and The Beanstalk an awesome story? I imagine the first time I saw it animated it would have been on TV. I wish Mom hadn't given away all my old books.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Feb 26, 2016 8:41 PM CST
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