Serbajadi Red Flower Pole Bean – Vigna sinensis L. Leguminosae
Red Flower Pole Bean is an annual climbing herb and is a popular legume. The stem grows quite long, climbing in an anticlockwise direction and bearing trifoliate leaves. Young pods and leaves are eaten as vegetable and are added to numerous traditional dishes (soups, stews, curries). Beans are at their tastiest when pods are full sized and firm and freshly picked, so harvest frequently, this also encourages greater yield.
Type of vegetable: Seed-bearing pods
Edible parts: Seed pods; seeds
DIRECTION OF USE
Best soil: Require a sunny position and a well-drained and well aerated soil; improved with plenty of organic matter.
How to plant: Sow seeds in pots indoor. Erect appropriate supports provided with crossed poles or they can be planted up a well-supported wire-netting fence, before sowing or planting out to avoid damaging young plants.
When to harvest: Beans are at their tastiest when pods are full sized and firm and freshly picked, so harvest frequently; this also encourages greater yields.
How to harvest: Cut pods with pruners
Care: There is no need to water before flowering, unless plants are wilting. Begin watering generously when flowering starts to encourage pods to set. Avoid applying too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser. Leave the nutrient-rich roots to break down in the soil after harvest.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store in cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.