Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

Lotus tetragonobolus : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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 15°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 25 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks. Pick early, pick often.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in separate bed

Your comments and tips

04 Jul 12, Bim (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Am in SF. Bought my seeds at kitazawaseed.com. They are in Oakland CA.
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Your site, and Geri Harrington's book, describe Asparagus pea/winged bean as low growing. But the catalogs and seed packages I have seen speak of it as growing up poles or a trellis. Also Geri Harrington's book ( Grow your own Chinese Vegetables) says it is not so tender as other beans and can be planted somewhat early, before last frost, whereas other sources say to wait until after last frost. I have seed packets for several kinds, red flowered and blue/purple flowered. Can you resolve these issues for me?

- Susan Peterson

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