This is the second variety of climbing bean that we grow here in Adelaide from spring. I chose this variety not only because I am intrigued with its purple colour beans but mainly because it is said to be a heat tolerant climbing bean. This bean seeds does pop up very fast. As it is named, the stalk of this plant is also purple.
The Purple King climbing naturally by itself on the trellis, don’t have to train them at all.
Purple King climbing beans flowers.
When the beans is cooked it turn naturally green, hence it is also known as magic bean. However, you can see how hot the weather in Adelaide can be with the beans has some green spot while it is still growing on the plant. The Purple King climbing beans produce more than bush bean. I was surprised that this variety of climbing bean produce very early almost the same as bush bean compared with other climbing bean (kacang panjang) which take a long growing period to produce edibles.
It was producing continuosly and looking healty before the day temperature reached over 40 degree celcius several days consecutively. Then it became sick and now look so sad, all the leaves withered. Looks like the Purple King climbing bean is not tolerant to Adelaide summer after all.
Lucky we did sowed some Purple King climbing bean in partial shade last month and growing fast. Hopefully it will produce like it sisters previously growing in the sunny patch. We sowed the Purple King climbing bean and snake bean on the same week. However, even now the snake beans has not produce any flower or pod yet. No chance on keeping any seeds from this plant.
If you like to see colourful beans flowers visit Our Plots at Green Allotments.