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Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis
Other names: Yard (Metre) long beans
Characteristics: Annual climbing legume 2-3m
Seed per packet: Approx. 10
A fast growing variety of bean that produces an abundance of long burgundy coloured bean string-less pods containing red beans.
Pods can grow to 70-80 cm but are best picked around 30cm when the seed is smaller and more flavoursome.
A very productive bean that can be picked over a period of 4 weeks.
With a sweet flavour and a crunchy texture snake beans can be eaten fresh as whole pod or cooked, best harvested around 30cm when beans are still slim and before the beans begin to show although they can be left to grow and let the beans mature.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Late Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer
Sow: 25mm deep.
Soaking seed overnight prior to sowing helps with the up-take of moisture for germination. Best sown direct in growing position in moist soil.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 10cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 8-10 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Adaptable to most good garden soils, prefers an open sunny position.