This is a variety of Chinese long bean that grows well in most climates. Its botanical name is vigna unguiculata and comes in many names like yard long beans, snake beans and pea beans.
Red Noodle beans bear flowers and bean pod that develops in pair with the pod growing long, straight and stringless. A unique bean that comes in deep red color and can grow to 18 inches in length. Red noodle beans grow large and lush heart shaped leaves which are bright green in color, giving your garden a tropical ambiance. They are delicious and highly nutritious as well.
Long bean is grown as annuals. A hardy plant that even a drought in summer or an excessive heat seem to have no effect on them and they can continue bearing pods until the weather turns cold.
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Red Noodle beans are easy and so much fun to grow in the garden. But before planting your long bean, find a sunny spot in your garden as it needs full sun for it grow healthy. They require a moderately rich soil and because they are legumes, they can fix their own nitrogen, so there’s really no need to fertilize them. But it’s best to add organic compost to the soil to produce better beans.
Red noodle beans grow on a climbing vine and will need some type of support to cling on. You may construct a simple “cattle panel” of about 5 feet tall and 12 to 16 feet long or make a 6 to 10 foot tall trellis. You’ll be amazed how easily they can cover it.
Next is to buy a good packet of red noodle bean and soak the seeds in warm water for about 12 hours. Plant the seeds directly at the base of your trellis. Sow several seeds at least 1” deep and 3” apart. If it’s a little colder in your place, put some mulch over the soil to keep it warm. Water them well regularly, especially when they start flowering.
Your long beans may need some help on their initial climb. What you can do is to coax the vines around your support structure until they are able to cling by themselves.
Take note, red noodle beans may be slow to vine, but once they get started you better be ready. You will need to harvest daily to keep them productive. The best time to pick is when the beans are pencil size, they produce string and become tough as they grow bigger. Stir-fried in coconut oil, garlic, onion and some oyster sauce is one simple way to enjoy them.
Get ready to harvest 1 ½ foot long beans in about 90 days. Really! Have fun gardening.
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