How to grow Fava bean

Fava bean plant growing herbaceous legume of the genus Vicia also known as Vicia faba or Broad bean, Fava bean annual plant, grown for the edible bean, leaves and flowers also used as fixing nitrogen plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-10a in the spring or 10b-11 as autumn planting.

Leaves edible color green with elliptic shape the leaves can be pointed in the top.

Flower edible color white with black pea flower shape, the flower taste is light sweet.

Fava beans

Bean shape it’s oval the bean can eaten when green or full ready, the bean grow in pods that also edible when fresh.

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How to grow Fava bean plant growing and care:

Cool season, rich soil, heavy soil, plants need support if planting them next to each other they support each other

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed (explanation bellow)

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No

Difficulties or problems when growing:
In order to grow big quantity of bean need a lot of plant

Planting season:
Autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b-11, spring to early summer in hardiness zone 2-10a

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
Just infected part

Size of the plant?
20-70 cm, 8-28 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Autumn / Winter, and in frost climate spring

General information about the flower
White with black pea flower shape, the flower taste is light sweet

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Uses of Fava bean flower:
Eaten raw, salad

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Winter / Spring / Summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, mites

What can be done with big quantities of Fava bean fruits?
Eat raw (when the bean are green and not full grown, cooked, falafel, dish

Work requirements on the fruit:
Just collect

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-4 month from seeds

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
Autumn / Winter, and in frost climate spring

How to harvest the leaves?
Just full grown leaves but when the leaves still tender

Information about leaves:
Green leaves in elliptic shape the leaves can be pointed in the top

Uses of Fava bean leaves:
Salad, cooked

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Temperature 5-20C, soak the seeds 24-48 hours, switch the water every few hours

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry in room temperature

Sowing season:
Spring in hardiness zone 2-10a (but better to sow in the mid to the end of the winter indoor), autumn to mid of the winter in hardiness zone 10b-11

Planting spacing:
10*15cm (4-6 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
2-5cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun, humidity better

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water (better rains)

Germination time:
5-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Cool weather, full sun, moist soil, high humidiy

Do the seeds require burying?
Not exactly but need

Scientific name:

Vicia faba

Alternative names: Faba bean, Broad bean, Field bean, Tic bean, Tick bean, Horse bean

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