Excellent in homemade soups, stews and relishes – to which it adds body. Tender immature pods can be harvested earlier and over a much longer period. The attractive plant makes an ideal background plant. Ht 1.3 m (4 ft).
Start seed indoors 4 – 6 weeks before transplanting out to the garden. Soak seeds overnight – this will speed up germination. Cover seeds with 1 cm (1/2 in) of soil. Firm soil over seed. Keep moist but not waterlogged. To germinate maintain a soil temperature of 22 C (72 F). Seed should germinate in 7-10 days. Plants will develop better with a growing temperature of 17 C (62 F) until transplanting out. Water well and fertilize lightly with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong root development. Do not transplant out till night temperatures are warm.