I have never tried these but I just ordered seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I ordered three varieties. I got Red-Seeded Asparagus Bean, Chinese Green Noodle Bean and Chinese Red Noodle Bean. I also got Scarlet Runner Beans which I sometimes plant just because I think they are pretty. I usually grow green beans (pole beans) and this year will have Blue Lake but honestly, I am so ready to try the Long Beans!
We tried what were called "Yard Long Beans" last year and it produced a huge, huge, crop of beans that we thought tasted terrible. We tried them in different ways a few times and gave up and tore them out.
I do hope yours turn out better, and that you enjoy the taste. If that happens, be sure and post the variety.
I used to grow scarlet runners on a teepee kind of a trellis. The trellis reached 14 feet high. The beans got to the top and still tried to reach for the clouds. They didn't taste that great, though. However, the plants were very impressive.
I don't eat the Scarlett runner beans. I just grow them for the pretty flowers. I am not sure what Yard Long Beans are. But these that I ordered had good customer reviews at Baker Creek. All three supposed to taste great.
That was the name on the package, but they were only about 18 or 20 inches long, and they were very prolific. Healthy vines, no pests, but just did not taste like green beans. I do not remember which seed company or nursery i got them from, but i have seen them in the seed displays since.
I googled "yard long beans" and that is just another name for Chinese Long Beans. I did not open the other sites listed, but there were a lot of recipes on how to cook them so apparently some people do enjoy them.
Let us know how you like them. Kind of hazy on the taste, but it seems like they were mushy, too. But i do recall we were expecting something like fresh green beans and did not get that, so we gave up on them, instead of trying different ways to make them palatable.
That should be a good test for them. I just do not remember the different ways Linda fixed them before we gave up. But for sure, only a few plants will give you an abundant supply. The ones i had were very heavy producers.
That's almost all I grow, they don't seem to be as bothered by pests such as Spider Mites as much as pole beans. We don't let them get that long and usually we eat them raw just like pole or bush beans. They do like the heat so you may want to wait to sow them.
My youngest son loves them so much that they never got a chance to get big.
My seeds came at last. I haven't opened any of the bean packets but I can already tell just by feeling the package that the seeds of these beans are so much smaller than the regular bean seeds I am used to. I am thinking I might have to start them inside as the beans I start inside have been sprouting in afew days while ones I planted direct sow outside way last week (scarlett runners) have not even begone to come up.
It is nice during the day but still going down to the 50's at night. It is the night temps that I am worried about. If the scarlett runner beans are not coming up because it is too cool then these heat lovers certainly need more warmth.
Hi, I grow yard long beans every year. They are wonderful for stir frying and we also use them in a lot of soups. They love heat, produce like crazy and do not taste like traditional green beans. It only takes about 8 of them to make a serving for two. This is one of my favorite things to grow. Have fun, they are really unusual looking and a great conversation starter. :)
It is plenty hot and humid too here during the summer so I am not worried about the Long Beans not growing. I am sure that they will do just fine. Simply concerned with starting them. I have decided I will start them inside and that way I don't have to worry about it.
I usually just germinate them in a baggie or a little potting soil and as soon as they germinate I stick them in the ground. I think its a good idea that you are starting them early. They may not produce well until your temps get high but by then your plants will be good size and you should get a great yield.
Pugs-you have a much longer growing season then Rita does and yes, it gets very hot and stays that way for along time. lol
Rita-were you looking for an Asian Cucumber on another thread? Ive had GREAT luck with Chinese Yellow, Thai Green,
Thai Special and Poona Kherra (India with DTM of only 55 days) I got mine at Baker Creek, http://www.rareseeds.com. I also have some Japanese Long that were a gift I havent tried them yet, I may not have room this year. You are way ahead of me and Im 1 1/2 a head of you, thought it would be more actually. lol Im obsessed with tomatoes but i told myself that Im getting the seeds in dirt today! They cant grow unless they are in dirt! And it only takes a second. ARGH... I would also recommend Thai pumpkins they do great here. You would have to get them sown soon tho for them to have time to mature before a freeze.
I expect they will produce great because like I said it gets hot and humid here in the summer. Just now it has been cooler than normal at night or maybe I am just more aware of the lower temps at night because I started all my bean seeds.
Last night I did put in an order at GourmetSeed.com and today they already sent me an e-mail that they have shipped. So I should have those seeds early next week, maybe even Tuesday. I bought Chinese Long Cucumbers and also Tortarello Abruzzesse cucumbers otherwise known as Armenian Melon Cucumbers. Also some brocoli raab seeds and various peas (that I will save for my fall crop).
Somehow when I put in my order for Long Beans at Baker Creek, I wasn't yet interested in asian cucumbers. Since then I Have been looking both there at Baker Creek and at Kitazawa. But not sure that I will get more or not as I might be good just with what I have. But the choices are so many one doesn't know what to choose. So I appreciate the advice on which are really good ones! Thanks!
I have harvested Long Beans all week and today I finally cooked them.
I am growing them for the first year: red-seeded asparagus bean and Chinese red noodle bean.
I cut them 4" long and boiled in salty water for 15 minutes. Salt+pepper+olive oil and they are so good ... I never had such delicious beans and ...we grow a lot of them in Italy.
What it was so cool is that the red pods turned BLACK ... you should have seen my DH face ... giggle ... soooooo good !
I am growing the long beans by a wood fence. I just attached some netting I bought at Lowe's. That area doesn't get water by the soaker hose ... poor soil and it is totally forgotten ... those beans must be very thought !!
So are mine! Its amazing. I soaked them then stuck them in the ground, they are already up. I sowed them so late because I couldnt figure out where I should put them. I didnt want them to block the sun. I really enjoy hearing about them growing in 2 such different locations. I am surprised that you are only 1 1/2 zones lower then we are. Good Luck with yours!
I didn't even soak mine. Just planted them and kept them moist. But I only planted them on the 25th and today is only the 28th. So I think they are popping up really quickly.
Meantime, those Scarlett Runners I meantioned on the posting of the 25th still have not shown up. I am afraid they might have rotted. I do have more seeds but don't know if I should wait or just resow already.
These things are popping up like mad. In fact all my beans have been growing like crazy. It has turned hot and humid yesterday and today and the beans are loving it. The Blue Lake Pole beans are shooting up like crazy, they seem to grow an inch or two a day. The Spanish Musaca are catching up to them quickly (planted later) and I figgure those yard long beans are not gonna waste any time trying to outdo the others. Now, my yard longs are very small but I notice their first set of leaves are thiner and pointier than on the Blue Lake. I am enjoying watching the growing show!
The Long Beans came up very quickly when I planted them. But since then they haven't done much of anything and just look like they are just sitting there. Leaves all nice and dark green though. The weather has turned cooler so I am thinking maybe they are waiting for warmer weather to really start growing.
They really need warm weather. All the research I've done on them says that. If your soil was warm enough to get them to germinate I'm sure they'll be fine once the temps go back up. I planted 2 varieties 1 germinated at almost 100% the other didn't but now I don't know which is which. The color of the beans is a little different I hope I guess correctly, as soon as I reseed the first batch will sprout.
They really thrive in the heat. I'm growing 2 different types. One had 100% germination the other one was much less but since I can't tell which is which I can't reseed them. The one is starting to bloom and has little long beans, maybe now I'll see which is which and can sow more seeds.
These, the Malabar Spinach (which sell sowed), and Thai Red Roselle are going crazy in the heat, which has not been that bad this year.
Well I was able to pick the first few of the Long Beans today. First ones! Got three from the Asparagus Bean. Longest 22 inches, then 20 inches, then 18 inches. I need more! I want to stir fry. I tasted a piece raw and I loved the flavor. Yumm!
just my two cents worth but I have grown a lot of diferent beans in my lifetime(76yrs) and my favorite for pure ornamentals are the Hyacinth Bean Vine AKA Lab lab>>beautiful flowers and abundant purple seed pods and some folks eat them
newyorkrita wrote:That is why I planted three types of the Long Beans as I wanted to be able to compare all three varieties for myself and see what I liked better.
Chuckle... Baker Creek alone lists 12 different varieties. Kitazawa sells eight (only two of which match Baker Creek offerings). The species is apparently grown and eaten all over Asia, so I strongly suspect there are great differences in the flavor, size, growth habit, ideal growing conditions, etc.
This is not just another bean - it's not even in the same genus as kidney beans, French or Italian beans, Scarlet Runners, Lima Beans, etc. So naturally it's going to taste different from common green beans.
Well, I did not mean that by planting the three types that I had covered all bases. I just wanted to start out with a variety as I had never have Yard Long Beans before. If for some reason I don't like one of them, at least I have something to compair them too.
drthor- WOW!!!! I have only been getting afew a day.
they will produce more as they get older ! no worries !
By the way, those beans are planted in regular clay, no special soil, and I hand-water them ... when I remember !
They are a HERO in my garden !!
I really don't do anything to mine either except watch them grow.
I bought my seeds at Baker Creek and that is funny because I was looking for something else, decided to look to see what other things they carried, looked at beans and saw the Long Beans. I had NEVER heard of Long Beans before but quickly decided that I wanted to grow them.
Oh yum, yum, yum. They were SOOO good. I lightly sauteed them in some olive oil with chopped garlic. Added some dried onion flakes and a few red pepper flakes. Sweet and tender and I LOVE the flavor. If you ask me these are much better than string beans.
Oh wow ... I purchased some last year but didn't grow them. I'll definitely do them this next year. They sound just like what I want! We love stir fry. I'm sure that's why I picked them out. I didn't see the red ones. Will have to go back and check on that. I've made a list of the cucumbers, too. This is a great thread. Thanks for this info and the nudge I need for planting my yard long beans. I had forgotten about them. So many seeds ... so little space!!
Happy planting ... ~Susan
Susan-just give them something to climb up. Its has been my experience that they are not bothered by any of the usual pest that other beans are such as Spider Mites. They are so easy to grow and they love heat and humidity. Sounds perfect for South Georgia.
They are mainly self pollinating. I've had beans x before. It was very evident in the color of the shells. I'll end up ordering more next year, my youngest son eats ALL I can pick. One had much better germination then the other. I'm going to start more when we get back on August 8th.
See we can garden in hot temps you just have to know what to grow.
Your harvests are fantastic! Beautiful. And I am sure taste too.
I tried to grow pole beans and had terrible troubles with spider mites. I didn't know how to control them. So this year I put bush beans in again and got some good results. It is just so hard to pick the bush beans. My back aches thinking about it.
I grew pole beans and had good success by growing them on a trellis. It's the netting type. I'll see if I can find the variety I grew and post. It was a couple of years ago. I grow in Earth Boxes, so I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
Thanks IO1, I will make a note of your recommendation.
drthor, I know what you mean about feeling lucky when the veggies start rolling in... it seems all I did was plant a seed and this is what happens!! But we know there is a lot more than luck involved. ;-) Like hard work for one.!
I grew both red and green long beans this year, for the first time. One thing I can say - they are VERY prolific! We have eaten many, and I have canned quite a lot of them. My family and neighbors have been the recipients of many as well. lol The only problem we have had, is that they mature so fast! If we go out to pick in the AM - those beans that are still too small to pick are too big if left till the next morning! Right now, I have a huge amount of beans on the vines (I sort of stopped picking.) that are best for seed saving, rather than eating. lol I will grow fewer next year. ~Diana
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None of the descriptions said either "hybrid" or "OP", though Kitazawa usually says one or the other. The descriptions mostly sounded "heirloomish" or like traditional varieties, so I would guess most are stable, OP strains.
These beans grow great in pots as well as planted in the ground. I put seeds in a 7 gallon pot, 10 to a pot, stuck in some bamboo poles for them to climb and they are going crazy in there. They're flowering and I've got beans coming now. The bean pods seem to grow about an inch a day. So cute when they're little. :)
Won't be long and we'll be munching. I should take pics, they are really pretty vines.
drthor, I cut up the beans and put them raw (so they would stay crisper) in sterile jars, poured hot water over to cover, put lids on them and put them in a pressure canner for about 10 -14 minutes at 10 lb of pressure.Basically I canned them the same as I always have regular green beans. Sometimes I add a pinch of sea salt. This year I also added small pieces of cooked bacon and a few pieces of raw onion to some of them. We tried a jar to see what that would taste like and found them to taste a little pickled. lol The red ones stayed a dark purple/red color after being canned. They look so pretty in the pantry with the other canned goods.
Lot of people can green beans without a pressure canner but here is the facts Botulism spores can survive temps up 265° which is about 15lbs of pressure Now bear with me just a little bit because I am going off memory here ..The botulism spore are an-arobic meaning they can multiply in an oxygen free enviroment but it has to be very low acid ..So any low acid product needs to be pressured .Please look in the canning and freezing forum,,, over there are lots of knowledgable folks ready and willing to answer all of your canning questions
FYI, My beans thrived in 112 deg. temps, set fruit and made beans in that heat. They were getting full sun for about 8 hours a day, rest of the time spent in the shade. They were in the sun during the hottest part of the day.
For people looking to find veggies that are prolific in extreme heat, this is a great one. There are so few of them.
I am already planning where I will be planting the Long Beans next year. And although I have the red ones also this year I have found that I prefer the taste of the green ones. So maybe stick to green next year. We will see. I agree that they produce like mad!
Has anyone tried yellow green beans? I remember them as 'waxed' beans. They might be a good choice for ease of harvest because of their visibility.
Nice crop drthor. Are you eating, canning, freezing, gifting or donating?
Ha! I loved the Yard long beans very much last year so they are back this year. I chooze my favorite of the three I tried which is the Asparagus Bean and have planted those. In fact some are comming up already.
I sowed Red Seeded Asparagus Beans in place and they have popped up already what with the hot weather we have been having lately. I planted them in the middle of a 7 foot square raised veggie bed where I put up green metal fence posts and trellis netting for them. Then the white seeded Asparagus Beans I had started in one of those veggie seedling packs and those I just transplanted out today.