Often asked: How To Grow Sutton Broad Beans?

Do dwarf broad beans need support?

We have a strong preference for the dwarf varieties of broad beans because they don’t need any support, taller varieties do. If you need to create supports then simply set stakes into the ground along each side of the row and tie a couple of string lines along the row supported by the stakes.

How tall do dwarf broad beans grow?

Dwarf broad bean varieties are also ideal for growing in exposed sites and with the use of cloches. Dwarf plants reach a height of about 30cm and have a yield of 4 or 5 beans in each pod.

How do dwarf broad beans grow?

Sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart. Dwarf varieties can be sown 15cm (6in) apart. They are best sown in double rows, with the rows 20cm (8in) apart. If a second double row is needed this should be positioned 60cm (2ft) away from the first.

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Do Broad beans need a trellis?

Broad beans don’t have twining tendrils like other beans and peas so they need something to lean against, like a trellis, plant stakes or other bean plants.

What can I plant next to broad beans?

Good companions for broad beans include: carrots, lettuce, marigolds, celery, peas, potatoes, parsnip, cabbage, parsley, eggplant. Avoid planting near: beetroot, onions & garlic, kohl rabi, sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes.

Do broad beans like manure?

Broad beans grow best in rich, moisture retentive, well-drained soil, and a sunny situation sheltered from winds. They do not like acid soils so check soil pH prior to planting out. Prepare the planting site by digging in copious amounts of well-rotted manure.

Do Broad beans need full sun?

Grow your broad beans in full sun on rich, fertile, well-manured soil. Choose a sheltered spot, and position away from strong winds. If your soil is very wet or clay-based, start your broad bean plants off in pots to prevent the seeds from rotting in the ground.

How tall do broad beans get?

Broad beans grow to a height of around 1.5 metres, (check packet for details) which means the can supports will need several layers of string. Broad beans have a tendency to splay outwards and need to be pushed back in within the string supports.

How long do broad bean plants last?

You can start to pick the pods when they are around 5-10cm (2-4in) long and cooking them whole. To harvest them for shelling, pick when the beans begin to show through the sides of the pod and before they get too big. Harvesting.

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Flowering season(s) Spring, Summer
Time to ultimate height 4 months

Can you eat broad beans raw?

Broad beans can be eaten raw, pods and all, but only if they are very young and small, and freshly picked, so unless you grow your own, cooking is the way to go.

What are the best broad beans to grow?

Great broad bean varieties to grow

  • ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ – very hardy, so great for autumn sowing.
  • ‘Bunyards Exhibition’ – sweet and subtly flavoured, with a delicate texture.
  • ‘Masterpiece Green Longpod’ – sweet, nutty flavour and high yield.

Should you soak broad bean seeds before planting?

Broad beans are best planted as seeds directly where you want them to grow. You can pre- soak the seeds overnight in water (although it’s not an essential step). The seeds will hold onto some of this moisture, giving them a boost ahead of germination.

Should broad beans be staked?

As the plants grow you will need to stake them to prevent the fragile stems from bending or breaking and pods being damaged. Stake after the seedlings are up and use anything from pea sticks to bamboo with string to support the plant.

How long after flowering do broad beans appear?

Broad bean plants take around 15 weeks from sowing to harvest (around 30 weeks for autumn sowings). They will become top heavy very quickly once the pods start to develop.

Will Pole beans grow up string?

Stakes and Single Supports Stakes are the traditional support for pole beans. The beans will grow and wind up and around. If they need a bit of guidance, some garden twine or a bit of string can be used, but that’s essentially how to stake up pole beans.

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