'The Sutton' Broad Bean
Fava Bean, Field Bean, Bell Bean, Shell Bean, Horse Bean, English Bean, European Bean, Tic Bean, Fagioli
Broad beans are a popular hardy annual vegetable which are incredibly easy to grow. They are most commonly grown for their beans, but the flowers are also delicious. Both beans and flowers have a nutty taste, and can be used to create quick, easy and tasty snacks and side dishes.
Average height: 100 to150cm
Aspect: Sunny position. Avoid windy sites
Soil type: Most soil conditions, but preferably rich and free draining. Do not grow well in acidic conditions
Sowing period: Indoors from February. Outdoors March to April
First signs of blossom: 6 to 8 weeks
Average flowering period: 2 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds
Broad beans do not have to be grown in formal rows in the vegetable garden. Their beautiful flowers make them suitable for growing amongst other flowers in an ornamental edible flower garden. Try planting with other flowers in your beds and borders.
The most common pest to affect broad beans are black aphid, which may attack the shooting tips of the plants in large numbers. Please do not use pesticides, but instead use biological control such as our Act Against Aphids flower meadow.
You can harvest flowers as soon as they are open. Flowers and beans are usually ready to harvest from May onwards, but this will depend on when they were sown and local conditions. Regular harvesting encourages your plants to continue producing beans and flowers for a few weeks longer. Flowers are best eaten as soon as they are harvested.