Ed Hume Seeds

Fava Bean


Cool Weather Broad Bean

This old world bean grows well in cool weather. Upright, non-vining plants grow to 4 feet tall exhibiting beautiful purple and white blossoms before the large glossy pods grow out. Usually used when mature, shelled as lima beans, but can be eaten immature cooked in the pod. Approximately 85 days to maturity.

Special Directions for Short Season Climates

SOWING: Sow seeds directly outdoors in early spring or plant in fall for over-wintering. Plant seeds 1 inch deep.

SPACING: Plant seeds 5 to 6 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart. Space rows closer for intensified planting.

GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon soil temperature. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.

Ed's Special Advice

Easy to grow, ideal for coastal climates. A good rotation crop as plants fix nitrogen in the soil which is beneficial to other crops grown later in the same soil. Plant at the same time as you would peas. Unlike regular garden beans favas thrive during the cooler part of the growing season.


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