Mung beans are best known in their sprouted form, when they're referred to as bean sprouts. Mung beans are most commonly grown in in warm, arid environments such as India and Asia, and are used extensively in Asian food. They require a couple of basic growing conditions for success.
Mung bean plants prefer sandy, dry soils, and can be grown in loam. They are usually planted in June, and flower for 50 to 60 days before ripening.
Sugar water can be used to try to save a plant that's wilted. Sugar will be used by the plant to regenerate leaf vitality and productivity, which will in turn allow a mung bean plant to dedicate more energy to the growth of bean pods and beans. In mung bean plants, sugar water will affect the appearance and health of the plant, and its production of beans, but not the taste.
Mung bean plants look like most other bean plants, and can fit easily into most gardens. They grow from 24 to 30 inches tall, with a moderate number of branches that grow 30 to 40 bean pods. Mung bean pods are 3 to 4 inches in length and grow 10 to 15 mung beans each.
Chickpeas, lentils, lupines and fava beans are all members of the mung bean family.
Although mung beans are relatively easy to sprout and grow, there are invariably beans that won't work. Mung beans should be soft and pliable when they're soaked in water; beans that remain hard are not viable.
- Alternative Crop Guide: Mung Beans, Jefferson Institute
- SproutPeople: Mung Beans
- Growing Edge: How Does Sugar Water Affect the Growth in Plants?
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