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How to grow Broad Beans

How to grow Broad Beans

Learn how to grow Broad Beans with our step by step guide.  They are quick and easy to grow and seem to thrive in most fertile soils.

Broad Beans Varieties:

  • Dwarf early Green – on grow to 50cm tall – dwarf plant, sweet beans.
  • Exhibition Long Pod – Grow approx 1.2m tall with long bean pods.
  • Superaguadulce – heirloom variety which can get to 2m tall.

When, where and how to plant Broad Beans

Broad Beans are very tolerant of the soil they grow in. They prefer a deep free draining soil. Most soils however are perfectly adequate for broad beans although they will not stand being water-logged.
Soak seeds in water over night to speed up the germination process. Choose a sunny site away from strong winter winds. Broad beans are tall plants that may require staking to avoid plants falling over.
Sow in autumn or early winter in double rows 30cm apart and trenches 5cm deep, with 10cm between each seed. The seed is quick to germinate, be aware that birds will be tempted as the fresh new shoots are delicious. Seedlings are widely available from garden centres in the autumn and winter months. 

Broad Beans Growing Guide

Once plants are established, keep well watered and regularly tie up branches. Mulch can be added in cold areas to keep soil temperature warmer. Broad beans are pollinated by Bees –  don’t panic if your beans are producing a lot of flowers and not many beans. Once the bees have been you will soon notice pods forming.
If you are growing red-flowered or other heritage broad beans and want to save seeds, be aware that they will cross-pollinate with other broad beans within bee-flying distance and may not breed true.

Broad Beans Harvesting

Harvest beans when they are ready. Regular harvesting will encourage new growth and a prolonged crop. In warm areas you can cut back the beans to encourage a second flush and new crop. Fresh new shoots can be used as salad

How to use Broad Beans

Use beans as a regular vegetable for the dinner table. They work well in stir-fries and can be added to casseroles and stews. Beans freeze well and will last up to 6 months in the freezer. Be careful not to over cook them.

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