How to grow and sow long yard beans

As described above, yardlong beans need a lot of heat, so our climate is not very suitable. Nevertheless, it is possible to get a good harvest here too if the summer months are warm enough. Yardlong beans must therefore always be grown in a greenhouse.

Yardlong beans needs a sunny, warm position with well-drained soil. Fertilize occasionally. When watering, make sure that the water is not too cold. 

Sowing and planting of yardlong beans

You  can sow the seeds indoors from the end of April. Water regularly, but make sure the soil is not soaking wet. This can cause the beans to rot. When the plant is big enough it can be planted in a greenhouse from the end of May/beginning of June. It can be be placed in the garden, but this must be in a very warm, wind-sheltered place. A greenhouse is therefore the best choice.

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Yardlong beans care

Yardlong beans is a climbing plant. When planting out, you better place bamboo sticks or other growth aids. If you do this later you can damage both the plant and the roots. In case of drought, water regularly and fertilize occasionally. Make sure that the water is not too cold. To promote pollination: since there is no wind in a greenhouse, you can shake the sticks a bit.

When can you harvest yardlong beans?

Harvesting is possible in August and September. Harvest the beans when they are not too long, about 30 to 40 cm. They are then the tastiest and have not yet formed threads.

Store yardlong beans

Yardlong beans can be stored in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for a few days to a week, depending on how fresh it is. This vegetable is not really suitable for freezing, as it loses flavor and structure, but it is possible to blanch it briefly. If you want to make it last longer, you could add some salt.

Are yardlong beans healthy ?

Yardlong beans are very healthy. It contains few calories and a lot of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Yardlong seeds in our range

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For a good harvest there is really only one thing important and that is beautiful weather. Unfortunately, we cannot control this in our climate, but how fantastic if you can still harvest yardlong beans in your own greenhouse!