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Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon'
Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon' Seeds
Commonly known as the Hyacinth Bean these are annual climbing plants with dramatic purple twining stems, lush heart shaped leaves and masses of purple flowers and glossy wine coloured seed pods too.
Stems easily climb to 2 metres / 6 feet or even more so this is a brilliant plant for adding height to the garden either within your borders or as a distinct feature on it's own. Dolichos is not only very decorative it's great in the vegetable garden too. Hyacinth Bean vines are lovely for cutting and great for adding interest to large arrangements.
Don't let the exotic appearance of Hyacinth Beans put you off growing them. They are reliable performers in British gardens.
Half Hardy Annual
Height & Spread
2 metres / 6 feet tall x 30cm/12 inches
For best results sow seeds under cover in March/April. Seeds need light to germinate. Grow seedlings on individually in 9cm pots then plant out your young plants in May after the last frost.
Hyacinth Beans need plenty of space to develop and grow. When planting out allow about 30cm/12 inches between them.
They will sulk if the weather is too cold so don't sow too soon. Grow in full sun in moist but well drained soil. Provide sturdy support such as canes or trellis or allow them to trail. Young plants grow rapidly twining around the supporting structure and netting as they grow. Feed every fortnight and water thoroughly in dry spells for best results.
Dolichos takes around 16 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers are produced from July until the first hard frosts in October.
When cutting foliage cut the vines when the flowers have faded and the pods have formed. Pick when it’s cool… early in the morning or in the evening and pop them straight into a tall bucket of fresh water.
Combines beautifully with other late flowering Climbers like Ipomoea, Nasturtium and Half Hardy Annuals such as Dahlias, Cleome and Cosmos.