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Broad Bean in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Vicia faba

 

Broad Bean

Broad beans are leguminous plants grown for the pods of large, kidney-shaped beans. Seeds can be sown in Autumn for an earlier crop, or in Spring. Most varieties grow quite tall, (around 1.2 mtrs.) and need support. Dwarf varieties grow to around 60 cms.

 
plant Features
  • Broad Bean likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Broad Bean likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Broad Bean is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Broad Bean likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Broad Bean

Latin name

Vicia faba

type

Vegetable

family

Fabaceae

ph

6.1 - 6.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Broad Bean likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Broad Bean is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Broad Bean likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Broad Bean likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Broad Bean is 0.30meters x 1.20meters 0.30 M 1.20 M

Vicia faba

Broad beans are leguminous plants grown for the pods of large, kidney-shaped beans. Seeds can be sown in Autumn for an earlier crop, or in Spring. Most varieties grow quite tall, (around 1.2 mtrs.) and need support. Dwarf varieties grow to around 60 cms.


Propagating by seed

From Mid Autumn TO Early Spring

Broad beans can be sown in mid to late Autumn for an crop in early Summer, or in Spring for an Autumn crop. Sow seeds in soil that has been fertilised or manured previously, and sow in double rows, but stagger planting to optimise the use of space. Sow seeds 2" deep and 9" apart.

 

Planting

From Late Autumn TO Early Spring

Broad beans can be started off in pots, and then planted out into the growing bed when they are big enough to handle.

 
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