Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
64-80 (Spring/Summer)
Growing Habit
Pole
Hardiness
Tender

Asian Winged Beans are very frost tender and shouldn't be planted until the soil has warmed up.

Crops
Summer
Growing Season
Long
Cultivar Type
Early
Growing Conditions
Warm, Hot, Short days

Asian Winged Beans are tropical plants, and are quite sensitive to frost. In warm weather, they will grow quickly, although they will not bloom when the days length is longer than 12 hours. They are one of the best nitrogen-fixing plants, and because of this will grow without needing added fertilizers.

Outdoor Growing Temp
60°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
60°F

If the temperature is too low, you won't have success growing this bean. Wait until your soil is at least 60F to sow outdoors.

Start Indoors
No
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Water
Moderate

For best production, beans should have evenly moist soil at all times.

Feeder
Moderate

Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.

Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own (if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it). They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.

Suitability
High heat
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
No

Beans are not a good candidate for container growing.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Green
Fruit Size
6.0-9.0"
Plant Height
120.0-160.0"
Plant Diameter
24.0-24.0"
Hardiness Zone
3-11
Disease Resistance
-
Taste Profile

The shoots, leaves, roots, flowers, pods and seeds of the winged bean are edible. The beans are starchy and nutty in flavor, while the leaves are reminiscent of spinach. The flowers make an excellent addition to salads.