Orient Wonder Bean is an open-pollinated variety of bean that is popular in Asian and oriental cuisines. Also known as asparagus beans, yard-long beans or Chinese noodle beans, these beans are long and slender with beans that are slow to develop. As a result, the pods stay nice and tender even at longer lengths.
Orient Wonder Bean produces vigorous, vining plants that can grow as tall as 9-12′ given the appropriate trellis. The plants perform well in hot and humid conditions, but will also set fruit more reliably than other bean varieties in cooler conditions. These “yard-long beans” are best harvested at 15-18″ long, but can get up to 30″ long if left on the vines.
Beans should be planted in spring after the last frost has occurred. Beans will germinate best once soil temps have reached 65 F or higher. Optimal germination temperature is around 77 F. Seeds can require 8 to 16 days to germinate, depending on the soil temperature. For continual production, succession plant every couple of weeks throughout the spring and early summer. Plants will drop blooms or cease production in the heat of summer. Subsequent succession plantings may be made in late summer/fall, as long as enough time is permitted before the first frost date.
Direct seeding is recommended. We suggest using a #6 plate on the Hoss Garden Seeder and modifying the hole size (if necessary) to fit the seed size. Beans should be planted relatively thick along the row and thinned to the desired spacing. To maximize garden space, consider using a double-row spacing. For double-row spacing, rows may be planted as close as 6″ apart with 3′ spacing between double rows. For single row spacing, 2′ to 3′ spacing is recommended.
Orient Wonder Planting Information
Planting Method: direct sow
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 3-4″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 85
Disease Resistance: Common Bean Mosaic Virus