Dwarf varieties also available which grow up to 45cm/18"
Yield per plant
Yield per 1.5m/5 ft double row
Time between sowing and harvesting
About 14 weeks (Spring sown)
About 32 weeks (Autumn Sown)
March to May - temperature +9C/48F.
Can also be sown in October/November for June Crop in mild
areas however severe winters may dramatically decrease the
Where to Sow
Outdoors in open ground
Dwarf Varieties in large tubs or troughs
How to Sow
5cm/2" deep - 20cm/8" between seeds - in double rows
Keep weed free
Growing on - in Pots
Water regularly. May need supporting with sticks
Growing on- in ground
Water in dry weather
Tall growing varieties will need support. Place stakes at
the end of the rows and string between the posts at
30cm/12" intervals up the stakes.
Pinch off the top 7.5cm/3" of each plant once the first
beans start to form.
Cut young pods at 7.5cm-10cm/2-3" for cooking whole. Harvest
pods for shelling when the beans start to show through the
pods. Crops over a period of about 10 weeks.
Small brown spots which may spread to form large patches.
The crop will be reduced and the plants may die if the infection
is severe. The beans are still edible, but the pods may be
Pull up and destroy infected plant material at the end of the
Try using sprays recommended for Helminthosporium
1. Avoid damp or humid sites
2. Avoid overcrowded plants by sowing seeds further apart
Black Bean Aphids
Leaves distorted, yellowing and stunted distorted growth on
bean pods and withering plant stems with patches of black in the
Organic Spray with a weak solution of soapy water
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing
Bifenthrin, Imidacloprid or Pyrethrum
Try pinching out the tops of plants once four trusses of
pods have formed
Leaves have U shaped notches around the edges
Organic Place a sticky card or bucket of water under the plant
and shaking to remove the weevils from the plant. Then destroy
the bugs underfoot or pick them off by hand Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion
Plant a barrier of garlic along side the rows.
Grow Potato, Cucumber, Maize, Strawberry,
Celery and Summer Savory close by.
Garlic planted alongside can prevent damage
by bean weevils.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
In a cool, dry place for up to 3 days Excess amounts can be
frozen. Prepare as below then blanch in boiling water for 1-2 minutes,
drain well and allow to cool before freezing
Whilst the whole pods of very young specimens can be eaten much like
mange touts, usually the outer pods of fresh broad beans are too tough
to eat, so the beans need to be removed from the shell and cooked on
their own. Wash in cold water.
but the youngest early-season broad beans are best blanched in boiling
water for 1 minute. Drain immediately then make a nick in the top of
each bean and slip out of the pale outer skin revealing the deep green
Cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
Alternatively, you can cook the beans in boiling water for 5-8 minutes
if you don't mind eating the skin.
Best boiled or steamed
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