Spacing. All the pea and bean family, Broad Beans, Runner Beans, Peas and French Beans are an easy and rewarding crop to grow. To help your growing broad bean plants hoe regularly to maximise the airflow around the plants and reduce the risk of fungal infections. It is particularly important to provide plenty of water when they begin to flower, and again (if there has not been sufficient rainfall) around two weeks later. Broad beans fruits grow slower than other beans. Most locations. Growing Broad Beans. Growing Fava Beans Broad beans in flower (from a previous year). Position. To know if they are ready for harvest or not press the pods gently and check for the seeds. Beans (Broad) Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group. Companions. But should be watered in well. Feeding. You generally won't need to water unless there is a period of dry weather. Once the blossom has started to give way to pods around the base of the plant it is time to pinch out and remove the top two leaves. Yes. The pods also take around 15-20 days to grow and become ready for harvest. Frost tolerant. Here is a short selection of broad bean varieties, which are interesting for their cultivation, productivity or taste. Second, these early broad beans are less likely to fall prey to black bean aphid, an inevitable pest of spring-sown beans. Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Calabrese, Cauliflower, Celery, Carrot, Sweetcorn, Potatoes, Nasturtium and Lovage. Not usually required. The flowers generally stay on the plant for 7-10 days before turning into pods. Broad beans hate growing near garlic, red beet, shallot and onion. Good, well-drained soil. Support broad beans when they start to growNow that the broad beans have started to grow they need to be supported, as broad beans are not climbers you would have to support each plant if you used pea sticks or canes. If the seeds have formed properly the bean is ready to harvest. 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