Pinto & Butterscotch Beans

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                                                                           Pinto Bean Flower

I have just returned from a short getaway in one of the hotels in Singapore. It was a well deserved rest and it was a pleasant surprise to see my small plant in bloom. The pinto bean plant is blooming! I was rather amazed that this small plant had started flowering in such an early stage.

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Commonly known as the “Pearl Beans”, the yound beans can be used to make soup and other delicacies. The seed pods are red and speckled with white and green spots. Like any other bean plant, their flowers are white in colour and elongated. They are not long vining plants as they can be grown into a shrub. Some support is needed to prop them up and they don’t grow very big, which means corridors are ideal places to grow them!

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                                                                    Butterscotch Bean plant

The Butterscotch bean plants had turned into a mini hedge for me! The plants in two neighbouring pots started to intertwined with each other and their leaves were so close together that blocked out most of the sunlight over my other plants! Bean plants are fairly easy to grow and they fruit frequently. Good amount of sunlight and plenty of water are needed to keep them green and healthy. As they are fast growers, regular dose of fertilizers are needed too!

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  1. July 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    hey so did your butterscotch bean plant spread out like a cucumber plant or shoot up like a pea plant because we have this weird bean looking plant but it is not the same as the other beans we planted??!!

    • Richmond Tan
      July 23, 2009 at 11:03 pm

      The bean plant grows upright and start to twine itself around the support we gave…. There is only one growing tip and it was growing more than 2 cm per day!

  2. jhon tom
    January 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

    can pinto beans grow in cotton

    • Richmond Tan
      January 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      pinto beans can be grown in cotton wool… however you will need to transplant them to proper potting media after a month. Cotton does not provide nutrients for these seedlings and they can get fairly big, with complex root system…

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