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Pinto & Butterscotch Beans

December 28, 2008 4 comments

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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!

Ying and Yang

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Have you heard of Ying Yang Beans?

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Phaseolus vulgaris, Ying Yang Beans comes from a small bush bean plant. The seeds have distinctive black or brown patches around the seed and they look like the Taoism Ying Yang symbol. I have seen the black and white ying yang beans which was featured in the celebrity gardener, Wilson’s blog!

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They are easy to grow and edible too. The unripe seed pods can be harvested to be consume just like the french beans you find in the supermarket! These seed pods are much shorter than the rest of the species like the french beans or the pearl beans. They do not climb very high unlike other vining plants and they flower in a month after I germinated the seeds!

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These characteristics make ying yang beans a good candidate to grow in flats, they basically need partial full sunlight and high humidity. They can be grown in pots, I personally grow them in 10 inch pots. As they are short vining plants you can consider getting the 3-ring  vine support from Daiso to prop them up!

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