How to Grow and Care for Hyacinth Bean Vine
Annual, Dolichos Lablab
Hyacinth Bean Vine is a fast growing, flowering vine, with pretty purple
flowers. If you're looking for an annual flowering vine that grows at a stellar
pace, the Hyacinth Bean Vine is for you. It grows 10' - 15' in a single season!
Hyacinth Bean Vine is easy to grow. Flowers bloom from summer through fall
in purple and some white colors.
Butterflies are attracted to the bright
As a flowering vine, it needs some type of support to climb. A trellis
or fence works well. The support should be big enough to support
ten to fifteen feet of vine growth.
Important Note: Raw bean seeds are poisonous. They need to be
boiled for a long time, to make them safe to eat. They are a food crop in
some parts of the world.
Plant Height: 8 - 15 feet, not too bad for an annual!!
Other Names: Tobacco Vine
You can use the blooms and pods for cuttings, too.
Hyacinth Bean Vine are grown from seeds. Sow Hyacinth Bean Vine seeds
directly into your flower garden after all danger of frost has past. Plant
seeds 1 1/2" deep. Final plant spacing should be six inches apart.
Seeds germination period requires two to three weeks. For indoor starts,
try a seedling germination mat.
Tip: For more successful germination, soak seeds overnight, prior
Do not plant seeds until after the last frost date your area. Plants
are susceptible to frost.
Days to Germination: 14 - 21
How to Grow Hyacinth Bean Vine:
Hyacinth Bean Vine is easy to grow. Grow in full sun. Plants prefer a rich,
well draining soils to fuel their fast, season long growth. Mix a healthy
dose of compost into the soil prior to planting.
Plants like a lot of water and nutrients. While they like lots of water,
they do not like wet soil. Keep soil moist, not wet. Add fertilizer when
planting and every month during the season. Use a high phosphorous formula
just before the first blooming period.
Plants will begin to bloom in summer, and continue to do so into the fall.
After the flowers bloom, purple pods will begin to form. They grow up to
three inches. Raw beans inside are poisonous. Keep away from children and
pets. Boiling beans for a long period cooks out the poison, and makes beans
Plants are annuals that are very susceptible to frost. They may still be
in bloom when frost arrives. Unfortunately, covering this long vine, may
Hyacinth Bean Vine are good "re-seeders". If the pods are allowed to open
and pour out their beans, you will find many new plants next year. Do
not disturb the soil until seedlings have begun to grow. Thinning will almost
certainly be needed.
Flowers Bloom: Summer
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Treat with insecticides, repellents
or fungicide as needed.