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Growing Beans - broad beans, fava beans, also Fava bean

(Vicia faba)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    P P P P            

(Best months for planting Beans - broad beans, fava beans in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.

May: Will need supports if windy weather

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 6°C and 24°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 25 cm apart
  • Harvest in 12-22 weeks. Pick frequently to encourage more pods.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dill, Potatoes
  • Broad bean flowering
  • Egyptian broad beans
  • Young beans on plant
  • Young broad bean plant

It is a rigid, erect plant 0.5-1.7 m tall, with stout stems with a square cross-section. The leaves are 10-25 cm long, pinnate with 2-7 leaflets, and of a distinct glaucous grey-green color. Harvest 90 - 160 days depending on how cold the weather is.

In windy areas it is best to provide some support with posts and string, otherwise the plants will fall across each other. Pick the tops out once beans start setting to prevent blackfly.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beans - broad beans, fava beans

The fresh beans are eaten steamed or boiled. As the beans mature it is better to remove their tough outer skins after cooking.
The leafy top shoots of the adult plants can be picked and steamed after flowering.
Small beans can be eaten whole in the pods.
Broad beans will freeze well. Remove from pods and blanch.

Your comments and tips

07 Mar 15, Sharon (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it too late to plant dwarf beans? The packet says 'plant in March" ?
31 Oct 14, Jim O'Brien (Australia - temperate climate)
Planted broad bean seeds 30/4 and just about to begin harvest on 31/10/14. That's 180 days. Is there anything I should do to speed up the fruiting process. Thanks
18 Sep 14, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
Fully in flower but plants have leaf curl.
06 Aug 14, Bart Lea (Australia - temperate climate)
I should have said on the 5th. Plant during the waxng moon before the last Full moon of Winter.
05 Aug 14, Bart Lea (Australia - temperate climate)
I was told that the pods begin to set when the warm Spring weather begins, so there's no need to plant them too early. I'm planting mine during the last New moon of winter.
30 Jul 14, Linda (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Give them time. Sometimes they are slow but before long you'll start to see the flowers drop and the beans appear.
29 Jul 14, Nirbeeja (Australia - temperate climate)
My broad beans are good strong plants, heaps of flowers, but fruit is not setting. Whereas the peas are showing fruit, so it shouldn't be lack of pollination. Bees are around but very wet & windy weather. Any ideas?
19 Jul 14, Rob Logie-Smith (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it to late to plant Broad Beans?
14 Jun 14, Anne Cauchi (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi do l need to add anything to my soil before planting my broad beans lv dried out some beans from my last crop that's what lm replanting ?
17 Jun 14, farmgrl (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
They are known as light feeders plant after brassicas, potatoes, carrots, turnips but before heavy feeders they require a rich loam soil. They are a good plant to grow for nitrogen fixing green manure providing plenty of quick growing organic matter. I spray them with a folic nutrient (seaweed) as an added bonus seems to have given me a good harvest. Hope this helps
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