A question from Gardener Ed:
What is a good variety of edamame
(green soybean) to grow in North Florida?
I have tried the popular variety of
green soybean called “Envy” with very limited success. In trials performed in
New Mexico by Seeds of Change. 'Envy' produced few harvestable pods and had
yellowing leaves on spindly plants. I have had fair luck with “Butterbean” from
Johnny’s Selected Seeds. But this year I’m going to try “Sayamusume.”
Sayamusume has been successfully grown in New Mexico, so it should do well
Soybeans should be planted when the
temperature of the soil is above 60 deg. F. when all danger of frost is past.
Plant 2” apart in rows 2’ to 2 ½’ feet apart. It takes about 85 days to
harvest. Wait until the pods are full but still green. Pods ripen all at once
so you can pull up the whole plant for easy picking.
Here’s a good article on edamame in
Mother Earth News.
The Joys of Edamame: Best
Varieties for the Garden
(or you can call them green
by John Navazio in Mother Earth