Broad bean

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Broad Bean
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Broad beans. Variety: Medes
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperms
Class: Eudicots
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Fabeae
Genus: Vicia
Species: Vicia faba
Plant Data
Germination time: 13 days
Time to transplanting: +19 days
Time to harvesting: +37 days
Mature height: 150cm (5ft)
Mature spread: 25cm (10in)
Sow depth: 5cm (2in)
Growing plant spacing: 20cm (8in)
Growing row spacing: 60cm (2ft)
References: [1][2]

The Broad bean, Fava Bean, Field Bean, Bell Bean or Tic Bean is a species of bean (Fabaceae) native to north Africa and southwest Asia, and extensively cultivated elsewhere.

Planner[edit | edit source]

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Sowing Time (outdoors)
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Growing[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

Choose a rich, free-draining, reasonably sunny site which is not too acidic. Ensure Fabaceae were not grown there last year.[2]

Soil[edit | edit source]

Dig 2-3 months prior to sowing. Add compost or well-rotted manure if the ground was not enriched for the previous crop. Apply a general fertiliser 1 week before sowing.

Sowing[edit | edit source]

Sow in drills 5cm (2in) deep with 20cm (8in) between two rows and 60cm (2ft) between these pairings. Sow a few extra seeds at the ends of rows to fill in for any that fail to germinate.[2]

Aftercare[edit | edit source]

Weed regularly from sowing until the seedlings are well established. Watering should not be necessary until pods have set, and then only during dry weather.

Support will probably be necessary for tall varieties; in which case put a strong stake at each end and in between the double rows (the rows 20cm (8in) apart) and run string between them at 30cm (12in) spacing up the posts.

Pinch off 7.5cm (3in) of the growing tips once the first pods start to form. This will promote an earlier harvest and help to control blackfly.[2]

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

Pick pods when they reach 5-8cm (2-3in) long, leaving them longer will result in tough beans.[2]

Troubles[edit | edit source]

Full troubles list: Bean troubles

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. Broad Bean. myfolia. Retrieved: 2010-08-01.
  2. a b c d e Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 14. ISBN 9780903505468