Easy to grow, tasty to eat; plant sword beans in your kitchen garden
A delicious and nutritious vegetable, sword beans, got its name due to its shape like a sword. It is locally known as 'Valamara'. There are two varieties of sword beans; Canavalia gladiata, a vine plant and Canavalia ensiformis, a bush plant. The bush variety is called jack beans also. The tender beans of both plants can be used for making delicacies.
Sword beans are propagated by sowing seeds in flowerbeds. May, June, September and November months are suitable for planting sword beans. It does not require much attention and care. The plant should be watered twice or thrice a week during summer. Only organic fertilizers are needed for boosting growth.
The vine variety need to be supported by a trellis as it grows. The plant blooms within six weeks. Normally, sword bean plant is immune to diseases. But in case it is infected with any plant disease, organic pesticides are ideal. Upto 3 kilograms of beans can be harvested from a bush plant whereas the vine variety gives about 5-6 kilograms from a plant.
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