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Growing Asparagus Pea, also Winged bean

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(Best months for growing Asparagus Pea in Australia - tropical 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
  • Asparagus Pea plant ( - 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

05 Feb 18, Elizabeth (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello god morning I leave in Sydney I buy Asparagus Pea in Bunning is that ok I plant in the pots or in the ground ......thanks
07 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Growing anything in a pot requires a lot more attention re watering and fertilizing regularly. And you would only produce a small amount of produce. Give it a go if you like.
13 Dec 17, Sally (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Slow to germinate on Atherton Tablelands (far north Queensland, elevation 900m, so cooler than coast). Seeds available Bunnings.
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.
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 assume the will send up growth from middle and start to climb. I just read where it said to pick at 1
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