Guar (Indian Cluster Bean)
It is not known where this plant originated since it seems to be nowhere in the wild, but people suspect it was cultivated from another species in Africa, and further selected in South Asia. Yes, this nitrogen-fixing legume is the same Guar Gum used for its gel in many processed foods. It’s an important part of crop rotations, especially in northwestern India and Pakistan.
Days to maturity: 60-90
Seeds per pack: 25
Germination rate: 96% on 01/24/2024
Planting / harvesting notes
This plant prefers high temperatures and drier weather, and usually grows in subtropical and tropical environments. Too much humidity or rain can cause damage in pod development. We have had better luck growing this crop in the protection of our high tunnel. Provide full sun and loose or sandy soil. We have also found that it doesn't seem to like to be transplanted, but we start ours indoors 4-6 weeks before frost and transplant 1' apart in the field after the last frost.
Seed keeping notes
Harvest dry, brittle pods and shell them like other legumes. Allow seeds to dry further before storing (we give all seeds two weeks in a well ventilated place away from direct sunlight to continue drying).