Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

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(Best months for growing Asparagus Pea in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks. Pick early, pick often.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in separate bed
  • Asparagus Pea plant (commons.wikimedia.org - Magnus Manske - CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • Pod and flower

This low spreading plant has small trifoliate leaves, and deep crimson flowers are borne in pairs. Harvest pods when approximately 2.5cm (1") long. ( about 80 days) Asparagus pea is easy to cultivate. It needs average moisture, full sun, and ordinary soil. It needs a long growing season to flower and fruit properly, so start it indoors in cooler areas.

Only the pods are edible for Lotus tetragonobolus. The other asparagus pea is the tropical plant Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, also known as Goa bean.

Support with twigs to keep the stems off the ground. Protect from slugs and snails. Pick pods when small as they become hard and dry if left too long.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Asparagus Pea

Cook quickly by steaming and serve with just a touch of butter and they are said to taste like their namesake .

Your comments and tips

03 Nov 21, Thuy Tran (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Which the best month to grow asparagus pea Can I grow right now?
05 Nov 21, (USA - Zone 10b climate)
March. No.
14 Oct 21, Prasad Elan (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Will it be possible to obtain a packet of winged been seeds? I have heard about the nutritional value of winged been Regards Prasad
11 Oct 21, RODOLFO PORTUGAL (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Is it possible to grow winged beans here in Windsor, Ontario? If it is possible, where can I get the seeds?
13 Oct 21, (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
From the internet and plant May June as the guide here recommends.
28 May 21, Wendy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Catherine, I planted 10 seeds early February. Nothing happened for weeks but now most are about 20cms tall. I have to prop them up. My seed packet indicates that no fertiliser is required as it is ‘a very strong nitrogen fixer’ whatever that means. Good luck.
15 May 21, Catherine (Australia - temperate climate)
What fertiliser I need to use is blooming now. This is nearly end of autumn. Start to see the bean but quite small. What fertiliser I need to grow bigger bean? First time to see the flower is light blue. How long can it stay in winter ? Let me know. Thank you
14 Jan 21, Britnie (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hi, I live in Toronto, Canada. I love to plant winged beans, but I don't know when can I start to germinate the seeds and plant it. So I can have faster to harvest the beans. Thank you.
18 Jan 21, (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
By the planting guide here they don't grow in your climate zone.
25 Nov 20, Rain (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi, Where to buy this seeds please share.My enail add is [email protected] Thanks R
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Hi Catherine, I planted 10 seeds early February. Nothing happened for weeks but now most are about 20cms tall. I have to prop them up. My seed packet indicates that no fertiliser is required as it is ‘a very strong nitrogen fixer’ whatever that means. Good luck.

- Wendy

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