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Cowboy on
April 17, 2016
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Q. Hyacinth Bean Vine

Are these safe with pets since beans are toxic?

Answered by
JeffreyGardener on
April 18, 2016
A.

Yes, hyacinth beans are toxic when raw, but so are lima beans, red kidney beans and many other types of beans. To be safe, all beans should be adequately cooked before ingesting them. If you have pets that have a tendency to munch, gnaw, and chew on plants, then you'll want to find a way to keep them away from hyacinth beans.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2016

Q. hyacinth bean plant for hanging basket

Can the hyacinth bean plant be used for a hanging basket instead of climbing vine? I live in lower Delaware and plant in pots on a balcony.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 24, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, you can cascade the hyacinth bean from a hanging basket.

For more information on the hyacinth bean plant, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/hyacinth-bean/purple-hyacinth-bean-care.htm

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Asked by
Ricoelmi on
April 29, 2016
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Q. Hyacinth bean vine

Are these plants and their parts safe for dogs that like to forage?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 30, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

The raw beans are know to be poisonous.
Here is an article with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plants-poisonous-to-dogs.htm

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Asked by
Jainarane on
June 12, 2016
48198

Q. Hyacinth beans

I inherited a small bag of what is marked, “Hyacinth bean” dated 1999. Are these too old to grow? Is there anything I can do to encourage growth?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 13, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

There is a good chance that your seeds are quite viable.

Heirloom seeds, or seeds passed down are wonderful to garden with.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/hyacinth-bean/purple-hyacinth-bean-care.htm

Here are some articles to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/heirloom-vegetables.htm

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Asked by
McGyver on
June 14, 2016
Spring Hill, TN

Q. Hyacinth Bean Vine

Are there different species of the hyacinth bean vine? I purchased bean seeds from Park Seed in the fall of 2015 and didn’t get the results I expected. The vine flowered a little too early and the height is only approx 5 feet. The leaves are “distorted.”

Please see attachment pics from vines that I grew in Connecticut a couple of seasons ago. This is what I expected from the seeds I purchased last fall from Park Seed to plant in Tennessee, which is where I live now. I got disappointing results this year. I wish I had the seeds from the pods that I grew in Connecticut; unfortunately, I couldn’t harvest them for several reasons.

Question: can I get the “large vine” seeds? Is there such a thing?
Thank you very much.
George Terry

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 16, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

There are many different varieties of Hyacinth Beans.

Moonshadow is a favorite grown by many, this variety was grown by Thomas Jefferson.
Search for 'heirloom Hyacinth Bean seeds'.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/hyacinth-bean/purple-hyacinth-bean-care.htm

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Asked by
pikes51 on
August 6, 2016
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Q. Hyacinth bean plants

When do they bloom? Mine have not bloomed yet and it is August. We are in a zone 8 growing area.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 8, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Hyacinth Bean Vines can have little to no flowers if the nitrogen level is too high or you fertilize with too high of a nitrogen ratio fertilizer. Hyacinth Bean plants produce their own nitrogen so additional fertilizer is not usually needed.
They also do not tend to produce many flowers in summer, but will began bloom when the weather cools in late summer, early autumn.
Full sun is needed for a healthy, happy blooming vine.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/hyacinth-bean/purple-hyacinth-bean-care.htm

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