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Mung Bean

Vigna radiata

Also known as

Golden Gram, Greed Gram, Mung Bean, Celera-Bean

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







This plant has no fragrance

Mung Bean Overview

Mung beans are members of the legume family, Fabaceae (Fabaceae) and related to adzuki and cowpea. These warm season annuals may be either upright or vine types. When growing mung beans, the home gardener should use the same cultural practices used for green bush beans, except that the pods will be left on the bush longer to allow the beans to dry. It is also popular to be grown for sprouts and delicious added to salads, stir fry or as snack.

Common problems with Mung Bean

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Mung Bean

    Once mature (about 100 days from sowing), pull up the entire plant and hang the plant overhead in a dry palce, placing clean paper or fabric below the plants to catch any dried pods that may fall. The pods do not mature all at the same time, so harvest the plant when at least 60% of the pods are mature. Dry the seeds completely on newspaper. If there is any moisture left when storing, the beans will go bad. You can store completely dried beans in a tight fitting glass canister for several years. Freezing the seed is also an excellent storage option and reduces the possibility of insect infestation.

    How to propagate Mung Bean


    Sow seed in situ when the soil has warmed to 18 C. Sow seed 2.5cm deep and spacing 5cm by 70-90cm. Keep the area free of weeds but take care not to disturb the roots. It takes 90-120 days to mature.

    Special features of Mung Bean

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees

    Crop rotation

    As a nitrogen fixer it is a good first rotation crop, or plant before heavy feeders.

    Other uses of Mung Bean


    Mung bean seeds are sprouted for use either fresh or canned. These high protein, 21-28% beans are also rich sources of calcium, phosphorous and other vitamins.

    Edibles to Sow Under Cover in December

    Grow these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator for winter picking.

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