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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 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
  • Pod and flower
    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

08 Sep 17, Anslem Byrde (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Sydney can I grow winged beans here and if so where can I get seeds or plants
10 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Type it in to google - buy winged beans seeds.
20 May 17, Sharon Marie Fernandez (Australia - temperate climate)
My Asian variety winged bean bears white flowers, and it is the first time in 3 years that it has borne fruit. Are asparagus pea and Asian winged bean the same?
22 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes they are both the same.
24 Apr 17, peter woods (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Can I grow the same wing bean bulb two years in a row or do I have to harvest from new seed every year ? We are in Tauranga. Thanks for your time.
25 Apr 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Winged beans are perennial and will regrow in the spring. To harvest the seed you need to wait until the pods are full ripe which will be late in the season. As they can be very strong growers some people pinch the tip out after about the 12th leaf. This will cause the plant to send out side shoots.
27 Nov 16, (Australia - temperate climate)
I bought the winged pea in Bunnings midland today. Already planted using blood and bone as main fertiliser , see what happens now
27 Aug 17, Rachel McCracken (Australia - temperate climate)
How did you go?
09 Oct 16, Shelli (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I have my first winged peas growing in my garden....seem to grow quite slowly so far ...but weather warming up now so expect them to grow faster. Mine are still at ground level....lots of photos I have seen online show them climbing.....so assume the will send up growth from middle and start to climb. I just read where it said to pick at 1
25 Sep 16, emmanuel torres (Australia - tropical climate)
sir I have a question and it is okay for me if you will answer this or not.... what is the blooming habits and modes of pollination of winged bean? it is our project presentation.. could help me!!!!
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