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 a 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 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.