Soil

What soil is good for Broad Beans?

Rich, well draining soil with added compost and well rotted manure. 

Position

How much sun do Broad Beans need?

Prefers full sun, will tolerate part sun. Shelter from strong winds.  

Frost Tolerant

Are Broad Beans frost tolerant?

Yes

Spacing

How much space do Broad Beans need?

Roughly 40cm art

Planting

When should I plant Broad Beans?

Broad Beans are a cool season crop, usually planted in autumn. If you live in a cooler climate you can also plant in spring. 

Broad Beans will not tolerate temperatures below below 4.4°C (40°F) or above 24°C (75°F). 

Sow seeds roughly 2 inches deep. 

If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Broad Beans?

Before planting, prepare the soil by working in compost or well rotted manure. Mulch the soil well to retain moisture.

Additional fertiliser is generally not required for beans. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Broad Beans?

Harvest once the pods have swelled, but before the beans become too tough. 

Pests

What pests do Broad Beans get?

 Aphids, Capsid Bug, Cutworm, Slug, Snail, Leafminer, Mexican Bean Beetle, Thrips, Root Knot Nematodes, Spider Mites 

Diseases

What diseases do Broad Beans get?

 Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Fusarium Root Rot, Rust, Pea Enation Virus, White Mold, Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Leaf Blight

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Broad Beans?

Both the beans and the plant shoots are edible.  

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Plants may need protection from strong winds.

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