A guide to growing Broad Beans, including sun requirements, spacing, planting, feeding, and when to harvest.


What soil is good for Broad Beans?

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


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?



How much space do Broad Beans need?

Roughly 40cm art


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. 


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. 


When can I harvest Broad Beans?

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


What pests do Broad Beans get?

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


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


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

Both the beans and the plant shoots are edible.  


How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Plants may need protection from strong winds.

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