Archive for November, 2012

Snake Beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis)

Snake bean is the best performer out of all the beans in summer at the Subtropics ~ At least in my experience ~ This bean is also known as yard long bean, or asparagus bean, and are generally eaten as green beans when they’re immature.

I’ve been growing the brown and black seeded climbing variety in previous years, and saved seeds from them. Last year, I’ve saved seeds that were neither brown nor black, but mottled kind of pattern …

Snake Bean Seeds

Snake Bean Seeds

The image is showing brown seeds on the left, and black seeds on the right. In the middle are the mottled seeds I planted this year ~ There were about a dozen of them. I’ve split them into two successive sowing about a month apart. The first sowing was done in mid September, which germinated very quickly, within a week if I remember correctly, but were very slow growing in the first month.

They were so slow to start off with that I thought these seeds were going to be dwarfs…but they’ve been growing very quickly all of a sudden in the last couple of weeks. I have even noticed a couple of flower buds forming ~ I don’t think it’s got anything to do with weather though, because the second sowing is still growing very slowly. I think it’s taking its time to grow roots, and forming nodules with nitrogen fixing bacteria in the soil (I hope) ~

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Passiflora Incarnata flowering again

The Passiflora Incarnata, aka as Maypop is flowering again! I bought it last year, and it flowered, but didn’t give any fruits, then died down in winter. It re-shoot this spring, and is flowering again. I have hand pollinated a couple of the flowers, and hope it will give some fruits this year ~

Passiflora Incarnata flower

Passiflora Incarnata flower