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Has anyone any experience growing these as I would like to grow my own edamame beans this year. I have tried in the past but had low germination rate and little growth. Anyone done better? Thanks for any help you can give.🤔😀


  • Same results as you when I tried them a few years back.  I think they need a longer period of warmth than we usually get in the UK.  Might be worth trying in a greenhouse or under cloches.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • That's what I'm thinking of doing @BobTheGardener as last time the weather that year was poor, so even though they were in the greenhouse I think the heat/ length of time was too little. Pity they were not in last summer they would have loved the heat, but by then it was too late.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,343
    I tried them 2 years ago, made sure I bought a variety that sai it was specially produced for growing in the UK, heated propogator like it said, a few seeds germinated, got to about 3 inches high, and wilted and withered, never got any more to germinate.
  • Haven't even got that far yet. They don't seem to be germinating @Nanny Beach
  • I have grown these for the past 2 years with success. I bought my seed from Marshalls, not the cheapest supplier but I find I get the best results with their seeds for most things.  I started them off in deep root trainer cells in the greenhouse and put them out as plants at the end of May. They grew just like a row of dwarf french beans & gave a very good crop, the pods tend to be a bit hidden under the foliage so at first I thought they had not worked but realised I had a great crop.  We had a plot holder who tried to grow them from ordinary soya beans from his  home country & they failed miserably, so you do need ones that are adapted to UK conditions.
    Hope this helps.
    AB Still learning

  • These were bought from the local GC and supposedly UK appropriate,  so will keep going as it's only a week since they were planted. Must say that the sweet peas and tomatoes planted at the same time have sprouted.
  • It's too early for sowing any type of bean (except some broad beans) yet.  I don't plant beans until around the end of April at the earliest.  Cold wet compost = rotting seed.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Have tried compost and wet paper towel @BobTheGardener as they have to be ready to go into the ground as early as possible as they need a long growing season, just following recommend advice wet and warm.
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