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Egyptian peas, a colorful ornamental legume!

Egyptian peacock is a legume, a cousin of the bean, it is a climbing plant with warm colors. It is a perennial plant native to Africa where it is widely cultivated, for its seeds and pods. It is often cultivated as an annual in regions, especially in regions where it freezes. In our regions, it is little cultivated as a vegetable, but you will find it in many ornamental gardens.
As we will not see in the photo, the stems turn purple-purple, like the heart-shaped foliage which can take these same colors, especially at the level of the veins. The flowers resemble those of sweet peas, often bi-color purple white and are grouped on sometimes drooping stems. Following the flowers appear purple and shiny pods, very aesthetic. They contain the seeds.
This twining liana can easily reach 3 or 4 meters to cover arbors and fences.
In tropical Africa the pods are cooked cooked in water. The dry seeds are cooked like the dry beans we know.

Botanical name:

• Lablab Purpureus

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: lapsed
• Hardiness: Frost plant
• Family: Fabaceae, fabaceae.
• Harbor : vine
• Exhibition: Sun
• Ground : Rich, humus-rich and cool soil
• Sowing: March-April under warm shelter
• Plantation: Spring
• Flowering: June-July to September
• Fruiting: following the flowers.
• Rooting: Fleshy root
• Cultivation area: Zone 10 (see rusticity cards: France or Quebec)
• Origin: Africa
• Honey plant: -
• Edible plant: Yes, But beware, however, both pods and seeds are only edible after they are cooked.


• Easy to grow
• Very fast growth
• Dolique asparagus, or "mile bean" is another variety, not purple, widely cultivated in reams. This cowpea produces very fine "bean" pods that can measure up to 1 meter.
• Unlike the beans that we grow in our vegetable gardens, the seeds and pods do not not eat raw.
(Source Wikipedia)
• The leaves and the roots can also be eaten cooked.

What advantages in the garden?

• Very floriferous.
• The pods purple or purple and shiny.
• Fragrant flowers.

What exhibition?


What soil?

• Rich soil, humus and always fresh

Method of multiplication of Lablab Purpureus?

• Seedlings.
• Stump division.

When to sow it?

• Under warm shelter in March-April.
• In the ground en April-May in mild and warm regions.

How to sow the seeds of Egyptian cowpea?

Seedlings under warm shelter at 20 ° C for colder regions

• Fill a box.
• Sow clear in a moist soil.
• The seeds will be covered with 3 to 4 cm of potting soil.
• Keep moist.
• When the plants bear a few leaves ...
• Transplant them into pots filled with a soil-soil mixture from the garden.
• When the ground has warmed up and any risk of frost and cold is far away ...
• Transplant in the garden every 60 to 80 cm.

Sowing in the ground reserved for southern lands:

They are practiced when the soil warmed up in April-May, depending on the region, this type of cultivation is reserved for the regions of the south of France.
• Prepare the earth, amend it with mature compost and work there to make it as thin as possible, and get rid of roots and stones.
• Sow in pockets of 4 to 6 seeds every 60 to 80 cm.
• Cover with garden soil, fill with the foot.
• Water and keep moist.
• Thimble the plants to keep only one foot every 60 to 80 cm (see varieties).

A word from the gardener:

When the plants start well, pinch them to branch the stems, so as to multiply the flowers and pods.

When to plant

In the spring as soon as the earth is warmed, depending on the region April or May.

How to plant?

• Prepare the soil by working it at the height of a spade, in order to obtain a nice, homogeneous and fine soil.
• The soil must be enriched with well-cut compost.
• Place the cultivated cowpeas in containers every 60 to 80 cm, depending on the variety.
• If necessary, scrape the edges of the root ball to free the roots.
• Place the plants.
• Recap with the garden soil and compost mixture.
• Tamp well with your hand or foot without damaging the roots.
• Water, and keep cool.

Caring for the Egyptian cowpea:

• Watering: regular. Warning in summer, do not hesitate to mulch the base of the plant.
• Pinch to branch.


• Flowering cowpea appears in end of June and until September.

Varieties of Egyptian cowpea:

• Only one variety of Egyptian cowpea, but there are other cowpeas such as:
Kilometer bean or asparagus cowpea, (Vigna cylindrica)

What to plant with?

• Plant with ipomeas, castor oil, etc.

Use :

ATa garden: along a wire mesh, a fence or an onnel ...
• Without garden:
in a large pot, with stakes to accommodate several plants.

Quick sheet:

Sowing and planting chives: when and how?

Chives, a condiment plant that is certainly one of the most popular, with a milder flavor than garlic, grows just as well on the edge of the garden as in a pot on a balcony or a window sill, and is eaten fresh directly chopped on wood. fresh cheese, a salad, an omelet, etc. It is a perennial aromatic that it is necessary to renew to maintain vigorous feet.

Planting wisteria in the ground

  • Dig a hole larger in diameter than the plant container (double).
  • At the bottom of the hole, place a layer of drainage like sand.
  • Then cover with a mixture of garden soil and potting soil.
  • Place the root ball in this hole with the stems tilted towards the support.
  • Water: count two watering cans when planting and regular watering between May and September.
  • Mulch the surface of the earth on 5 to 10 cm.
  • Guide the wisteria onto its support, as it will not hang on itself. Its branches simply turn around the support on themselves.
  • You can also train wisteria, during growth.

Plant wisteria in a pot or container

You can perfectly grow wisteria in a pot or container quite easily.

It will be less vigorous and less robust, but its flowering can be just as abundant, if it is well nourished and maintained. You will take care to provide it with fertilizer rich in potash, which you place at the base of the plant in February.

In this case it will also be planted in autumn or spring by following the same advice as for planting in the ground.


Sowing from seeds from your wisteria is possible, but it takes ten years to see it flower, which is why this option is little followed.

Marcot a wisteria

Layering is the most suitable and easiest process for this plant.

Here is the way to do it:

This is a layering layer that you will do in spring or fall:

  • Make a trench about 10 cm high, near the mother plant.
  • Choose a rather low, healthy branch.
  • You have to fold it up and lay it down at the bottom of the hole. 0
  • Make an incision in the bark and remove the leaves from the buried area.
  • Secure the buried branch in the ground with hooks and lift the end of the twig vertically, hang it up with a stake.
  • Then fill the hole again with a mixture of half peat and half sand.
  • Water and try to keep the soil moist.
  • In autumn or the following spring, check that the twig is well rooted.
  • If the rooting is correct, you can cut it by taking the side towards the mother plant.
  • Then transplant it with the root ball, protecting the most recent roots.

Cutting a wisteria

The cuttings are quite simple, it must be done after flowering:

  • Take a cutting without flowers and perfectly healthy.
  • Cut the branch to 10 or 15 cm.
  • Remove leaves and side shoots.
  • Plant the cutting in a soil for cuttings.
  • Moisten without soaking.

Graft a wisteria

Grafting is a reliable method that ensures faster flowering than cuttings. It is mostly carried out by professionals.

The grafting is done between February and March depending on the region. The transplants are performed either in the English style or by inlaying on a very short trunk.

Remove the suckers at the graft point when they appear.

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Prepare for planting buttercups

First of all, buttercups are mostly planted in the spring. The southern regions, whose climate is milder, can afford a planting until the fall for flowering in April or May. But not beyond! If you choose to put your buttercups in the ground, you must first clean your soil so as to completely eliminate the weeds that are there. Then dig up the earth to a depth of about 20 cm in order, on the one hand, to make it breathe, and on the other hand, to incorporate a little sand to improve the drainage. If the determination of the location depends on your possibilities, know however that the ranunculus particularly likes the sun and does not appreciate the too calcareous grounds.

Plant your ranunculus well

The bulb of the buttercup comes in the form of claws with several tentacles that should be left to soak in water overnight before planting them. Once you've done the preparatory work, get your bulb planter. Use the tip of your tool to make a hole in the ground to a depth of about 5 cm from the surface. Depending on the varieties of ranunculus, it will be necessary to space the plants 10 to 20 cm. Once your bulbs are positioned with their claws and tentacles down, cover them with soil and tamp very gently.
If you opt instead for planting in a planter or in a pot, choose a terracotta container with a hole in the bottom. This will facilitate soil drainage and optimize watering. Start the operation by positioning a bed of sand about 5 cm high in the bottom of the pot. Then fill your planter with a mixture of sand and potting soil. Therefore, you can plant the claw of your planter in the center of the container to a depth of about 3 cm. Put your bulb and cover it. Tamp gently.

Take care of your buttercups

So that your buttercups sublimate your garden or your terrace in spring, they must be pampered. If the maintenance of these brightly colored flowers is deemed easy, the fact remains that optimized watering and an efficient addition of fertilizer remain essential actions to be accomplished at the right time. Ranunculus in open ground should be watered when the soil shows signs of drought and the leaves begin to dehydrate. Be careful, however, to excess water detrimental to the development of the flower. On the other hand, we advise you not to remove the leaves before they are dried out on the stalk. You should also know that ranunculus are chilly. It is therefore recommended to prepare a protection for them with chips or foliage. If you live in a cold area, you can dig up the claws in the fall to protect them from frost and in the dark during the winter. Potted buttercups only require watering in dry weather. When they are in bloom, add a flower plant fertilizer twice a month to make your flowers even more beautiful! In terms of maintenance, you can trim dead flowers. If you want to replant your ranunculus in the ground or store your claws in a safe place, you must wait until the foliage has turned yellow on the stalk before proceeding to the stripping. It is thanks to this that the leaves benefit from the benefits of the sun and will be able to provide the nutrients essential for a new flowering.

How to make agapanthus bloom properly?

In order to achieve beautiful flowers summer after summer, agapanthus don't have to be comfortable.
To flower well, unlike many perennials, agapanthus must feel cramped ! It’s amazing but true. So when the planting pot is too big, the flowering will be less.

This is why agapanthus on plants ideal for landscaping and revegetation of a balcony or terrace.

However, it is interesting to plant agapanthus in the garden soil. For this, it will be necessary to plant them and maintain them. Step by step we will approach it ...

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When and where to plant wisteria

Like many plants, it is recommended that wisteria be planted either in the spring or in the fall, if it is not freezing. However, you can also install it in summer, outside of hot weather, if you take care to water it generously and regularly. Ideally, choose a sunny location, where your wisteria will get at least 6 hours of sun per day. This is the condition that you will achieve abundant flowering. Wisteria naturally appreciates sandy and slightly acidic soils. In all cases, avoid calcareous and / or clayey soils, which cause yellowing of the leaves. For a good recovery, it should be planted in a mixture of garden soil and potting soil.

How to plant wisteria

Start by digging a hole about 40 cm deep (depending on the size of the plant) on a side 30 to 40 cm. Put a little sand at the bottom and add some well-rotted compost or manure and garden soil. Moisten the clod properly: it is best to soak the plant for a few minutes in a basin of water until no more bubbles rise to the surface. Let the water drain and then set the plant down. Fill the hole before tamping with your foot. Make a small border of earth all around the plant so that the water concentrates there and water abundantly. Also straw the surface on about 10 cm. Adding fertilizer is unnecessary. On the contrary, it risks promoting the growth of foliage to the detriment of flower development.

Provide support

Wisteria is a vigorous and powerful climbing plant (it can sometimes grow 2 meters in just one year): it therefore needs either a very strong support or a wall against which it can lean. At maturity, the foot can reach 10 m high and 20 m long… Provide a very solid stake of the size you want your wisteria to be (without exceeding 2.50 m). Then remove the side branches as soon as they appear, but allowing the top ones to develop (simply cut them off at 2 or 3 eyes). If you want to let it climb up the wall instead, attach some heavy wire about twenty centimeters from the wall. At first, tie the twigs to the support. Afterwards, you will no longer need to perform this operation: the wisteria will cling to it naturally. In the first two or three years, your wisteria is unlikely to provide many flowers. The plant does indeed need a little time to take root deeply.

The size of wisteria

It is important to prune your wisteria properly so that it does not take over the entire space. The ideal period begins when the leaves start to fall, and continues until the end of the winter period (wisteria is very resistant to cold). Only prune the newly appeared shoots indeed, the wisteria flowers develop on the stems of previous years. During the winter, prune mostly the side branches, leaving only the main branch and just a few short ends (with one or two eyes) on either side. Be careful, however, not to prune in case of frost. In addition, take care to remove the faded flowers and the leaves as you go: indeed, even if the wisteria is not very prone to diseases, the leaves frequently turn yellow and its flowers are toxic.

They should be exposed to direct sunlight.

The basic rules for getting tasty carrots are simple:

  • It is best to water the shoots only once a week, but deeply, to keep the soil moist at depth and the roots to develop well.
  • Apply mulch to the base of the leaves to keep the soil moist.
  • Once the roots have taken well, the rows should be thinned to between 3 and 8 cm, depending on the expected size of the carrots.
  • Remove weeds as you go.

How to maintain your garden well and what to plant there at this time of the year? Here are some tips (video)

With this weather, many of you have decided to maintain your garden. Specialty stores are filling up this weekend. What garden work to start with and what can you already plant at this time of the year?

In the aisles of a garden center store in Soignies, there are many budding gardeners. With this sun, the desire to return to the garden is very present. "It's an occupation, it clears the mind. And then, as I am a pensioner, it is a pleasure to embellish the entrance to her house etc.", says a client."Everything must be put back in order and it's time to plant. When it's cold or raining, we can't do it, so you might as well enjoy it"adds another.

It is indeed already time to plant fruit trees, but also bare root plants. "You have in particular the hornbeams, the beeches, the hawthorns, which are all alignment plants and hedge plants, therefore plants to make partitions in the gardens, explains Vincent Dassonville, manager of La Pépénière. At planting level, the easiest way is to make a trench with a shovel and bury the roots comfortably in the ground."

It is also a good time to prune fruit trees and grasses. "We feel that the stem is much denser in some places and the shoot is already growing back. There is no fear, so you can shave these kinds of plants 10 or 20 centimeters above the ground."

And for the vegetable garden?

For those who have a vegetable patch, it is possible to start planting, but only in greenhouses. "We can slowly begin to consider planting four-season lettuce., says Morgan Flasse, nurseryman. We can also, inside greenhouses, start sowing chervil, parsley, possibly planting anything that is lamb's lettuce and spinach in order to have advanced harvests in early spring."

You can also dig beds and maintain lawns with fertilizer. "This year, we still had a lot of rain. These rains acidify the soils and it is therefore very important to deacidify the lawns, apply lime and lawn fertilizer., says Vincent Dassonville. These two formulas will allow the grass to have good resistance to trampling and to grow correctly all year round.. "This maintenance should be done every three to four months to keep a beautiful lawn.


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