Dolichos – LabLab Hyacinth Bean

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A stunning unusual oriental climber producing purple pea flowers from ground level to above head height (2m), usually grown as an annual. The flowers are borne in pretty spikes from white to rich purple.

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Dolichos – LabLab Hyacinth Bean

A stunning unusual oriental climber producing purple pea flowers from ground level to above head height (2m), usually grown as an annual. The flowers are borne in pretty spikes from white to rich purple. The attractive coloured pods are flat, blunt and slightly curved and is about 10cm long.  Can be used fresh or dried, and the leaves are also edible.  The variety does need warmth and a sunny sheltered position before it will grow well.

 Cultivation advice Dolichos – LabLab Hyacinth Bean

  • Best sown/ Apr to Jun (no advantage to starting early as these are tender)
  • These do come from warmer climes therefore germination temp needs to be above 70F (21C) for good germination. Germination can be slow 10-25 days.
  • Sow in individual pots 1 inch (3 cm deep in a well-drained seed compost, excessive moisture or low temps will cause them to rot.
  • Gradually harden off seedlings before planting outside after all danger of frost has passed (can be grown successfully under glass).
  • The plants will need a support to climb and regular watering during hot dry weather.