The Aguadulce Fava Bean is a cold hardy broadbean that can also take a bit of heat. This 4' bush-type plant produces charming white and black flowers that turn into huge green pods with huge, creamy, nutty, protein-rich beans inside. Known as a dried bean, it’s also delicious when eaten fresh from the pod. With its edible leaves, high yields, and nitrogen-fixing properties, this is a gorgeous performer for fall and winter gardens in all grow zones.
- Easy to grow
- Cold hardy to 20 degrees F
- Nitrogen fixer
- Great for winter gardens
SEED PLANTING TIPS
- Botanical name: Vicia faba
- Depth to plant seeds: 2" deep
- Spacing between plants: 4"-6" apart
- Spacing between rows: 18"-24" apart
- Days to germinate (sprout): 10-14 days
- Germination soil temps: 50F-65F
- Soil needs: 6.0-7.0 pH
- Sun needs: Full sun
- Frost hardy: Yes
- Planting season: Spring, fall, winter
- # of plants per sq. ft.: Appx. 2-4 plants per sq. ft.
- Days to maturity: 75-80 days when spring sown, 180 days when fall sown
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Good companion plants: Cabbage, Carrot, Lettuce, Parsley, Rosemary
ADDITIONAL PLANT INFORMATION
The fava bean is not a true bean, but rather a member of the vetch family. As a nitrogen fixer, it's often used as a cover crop, but doesn't have to be. Grow a few plants for food and beauty. Broadbeans can germinate in temps as low as 35 degrees, but will pop up more quickly in warmer soil. They like full sun, moderate water, cool weather, and well-drained soil. Use the tasty leaves as a substitute for spinach. Plants may need staking when pods mature.
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