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Fava Bean Vicia faba

How to sow fava bean: Direct seed outdoors

Sun requirement for fava bean: Plant in Full Sun

Fava Bean has been planted 11 times by Growstuff members.

The fava, or broad bean, is a species of flowering plant in the vetch and pea family Fabaceae. Unlike most beans, fava beans thrive in cooler weather and do not require trellising. They should be planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. The broad, leathery pods contain 3-8 beans and grow on stiff stems that can reach heights of 1.8m. Fava are planted for their edible beans, or as a cover crop to reduce winter erosion and increase nitrogen in the soil. Inoculants can increase yield and nitrogen production. The pods are commonly harvested while young, when they are about 15cm long. Fava beans are eaten in a myriad of ways: raw in salads, grilled, roasted, fried, pureed, and more.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

140 days

Height

120cm

Row Spacing

12cm
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Fava bean crops

Fava bean plantings

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