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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.


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.


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


It is a warm weather plant.


It does best in sunny locations.


Water the plant regularly as it cannot withstand dry conditions.


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


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.


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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