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Growing Broad Beans


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Below are general guidelines for growing Broad Beans including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 120cm/4ft 

Time between sowing and harvesting

About 14 weeks

Sowing time

March to May  - temperature   +9C/48F. 

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground

How to Sow

5cm/2" deep - 20cm/8" between seeds - in rows 60cm/24" apart

After Germination

Keep weed free

Growing on -  in Pots

Not recommended

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.


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