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Plant Care Guide >> Container Vegetable Gardening >> Dolichos lablab (Hyacinth bean)
The hyacinth bean is a warm weather bean and extremely easy to grow. It is a very decorative vine that grows rapidly. It is used both as a vegetable and as an ornamental vine. It is richer than the French bean in its nutritive value.
Common name: Hyacinth bean
Vernacular Languages: Hindi: Sem; Santhali: Malhan; Marathi: Papri
Botanical Name: Dolichos lablab
Family: Leguminosae
Soil Preparation:

The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) well drained soils. With good drainage, lablab will grow on a wide range of soils from deep sands to heavy clays.

Sowing:

Plant two to 3 seeds in a pot. Plant the seed 1 inch deep and cover. Keep soil moderately moist during germination. The seeds should germinate in 10 to 14 days.

Planting:

After two weeks retain only one plant which is strong and fast growing and remove the others.

Climate:

It is a warm weather plant.

Light:

It does best in sunny locations.

Watering:

Water the plant regularly as it cannot withstand dry conditions.

Staking:

Provide sturdy trellis support, as the plant can climb 10 feet or more and it needs support to do so.

Fertilizing:

Feed every four to six weeks with a light application of a slow-release fertilizer.

Pest and Problems:

Pod boring insects such as Adisura atkinsoni are troublesome pests.

Growth Habit:

It is a fast growing ornamental vine which can grow up to 20 ft. if given proper support.

Harvesting:

The beans starts flowering after 3 months and continue most of the first year, producing fruits as well as remaining green. Green pods may be picked for vegetable use beginning 60-70 days after planting. For use as a pulse, the nutritious lablab seed should be allowed to mature approximately 150-200 days after planting.

Special Care:

No special care is required for this vegetable.

Medicinal Uses:

The juice from the pods is used to treat inflamed ears and throats.

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