(Vigna unguiculata) Long beans are a staple crop of East Asia, where they have been grown for centuries. Long beans are in the cowpea family and they adore all the heat you can give them. Thus, they are highly recommended for the Deep South. Just be sure not to let them be exposed to any frost, as they are super intolerant of cold! After frost, when the soil has reliably warmed (soil should be 65F and warmer) direct sow seeds 1-2 inches deep, 4-6 inches apart in rows where plants are to grow. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. The vigorous climbing vines need full sun and a trellis or other support. Keep the pods picked to maintain production. Drought tolerant, but more productive with adequate moisture. The pods are stringless and tender, and taste best sauteed (not boiled).