Growing Guide: Velvet Bean

Plant Type: 
Annual Fruiting Vine, Legume

Harvest Season: 
Summer, Fall

Mature Size: 
Vines may reach 12-15 ft in length

Soil & Moisture: 
Velvet Bean grows great in light and sandy well-draining soil.  It thrives in tropical climates with heavy rainfall, as well as dry climates. Velvet Bean is not picky! 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 4-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Velvet Bean is grown as an annual, even in hot climates, due to it's short lifespan.  Plant outdoors after risk of frost has passed.

Propagation: 
These plants are propagated from seed and grown as an annual, ready to fruit and harvest within one growing season.