A delicious, nutritious and blissfully simple-to-prepare type of soybean popular in Asian cuisine, edamame (aka “beans on branches”) are great vegetables for any urban garden.
Growing Edamame (Soybeans)
|When to sow indoors||Not recommended|
|When to sow outdoors||1 – 2 weeks after average last frost|
|Seed depth||1/2" – 1"|
|Germination soil temperature||55° – 60°F minimum|
|Germination length||5 – 10 days|
|When to transplant||Not recommended|
|Varieties||Envy (short season cultivar)
Butterbeans (sweet & buttery)
Early Hakucho (dwarf cultivar)
|pH range||5.8 – 6.5 (6.0 is best)|
|Soil temperature for growing||55° – 60°F minimum|
|Spacing||2 – 4"|
|Watering||Moderate and even|
|Nutrient requirements||N = low
P = moderate
K = moderate
|Fertilizer schedule||May need phosphorus and potassium (depending on soil conditions)|
|When to harvest||When seeds are fully grown but before pods are yellow (but leaves will have yellow tint)|
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing edamame.
Image thanks to Kenny Louie!