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Broad Beans Information

Broad Beans

Broad Beans

Vicia faba

Broad, or Fava, Beans are the hardiest of all beans. They are also one of the most pronounced flavour.

Moon Planting Type: Fruit

Soil Type: Any Soil

Aspect: Any aspect

Light: Full Sun

Hardiness: Hardy

Moisture: Well-drained

pH: Neutral (6.6 - 7.3)



Broad Beans Growing Notes


In late autumn sow the overwinter varieties, and the rest can be sown at the end of winter into spring. Sow in a grid with each seed 25cm from the next. Select a spot that is sheltered from strong winds.

Pruning & Thining

Pinch out the tops of the plants when the first pods start to form.


Pick the pods when the beans have swollen inside, and eat them immediately, or frozen.

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Broad Beans Varieties

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