Edamame Growing Guide

Edamame, also known as Soybean

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.

Companions

Marigold, Corn, Squash, Celery, Strawberry, Cucumber and Potatoes.

Spacing

Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 1' 3" (40cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Edamame are very easy to grow, especially in warm climates. Extra seeds make a good short-term summer cover crop.

Harvesting

Gather pods when they feel well filled with seeds, but are still bright green. Most varieties produce all at once.

Troubleshooting

Japanese beetles sometimes feed on leaves. Gather them in broad containers of soapy water in the cool of the morning.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Edamame