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A new twist on an age-old staple, Robin Hood broad beans are a wonderfully compact dwarf fava plant ideal for container plantings and patio gardens. Used for both ornamental and food cultivatio.
Robin Hood Broad Bean Seeds
[80 days] Awarded an Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, Robin Hood Broad Beans are a fine new English variety of fava bean that produces especially succulent beans high in protein, fiber and vitamins A and C. These bushy plants produce early and are super compact (growing only 12-18 inches tall), so they won’t need staking. They also have delicious, white flowers that can be eaten straight or used as a garnish for salads or other dishes. The pods form low on the stalks, each of which contains 4 to 6 tender, flat green beans favored for their nutty flavor. As long as the weather is cool, these plants produce prolifically. Once the weather warms up, however, production will slow until the next cool period. (All the more reason to get them planted early in the season.)
Our favorite ways to eat broad beans (whether in pods or out) are to cook them lightly and eat them cold with vinaigrette, or sauté them in oil or butter. Also good in a pâté or lightly salted and tossed with olive oil. Dry favas are great in soups, stews and casseroles. As a bonus, they also freeze well.
Days to germination: 10-14 days.
Days to harvest: 80-85
How long does it take broad bean seeds to fully germinate? The germination of broad bean seeds usually takes around 10 days. The seeds should be spaced 23cm apart with a soil depth of 5cm and well watered once planted.
When is it best to sow Robin Hood broad bean seeds? Broad bean seeds can rot when exposed to high amounts of moisture. Planting during the early spring season once the rain has calmed down can give your veggies the best chance of early germination.
What type of soil do you plant broad beans in? Broad bean seeds love rich, well-drained but moisture rich soil in a patch that is sunny but sheltered from the wind. They do not do well in acid soils and you can prepare your site by mixing in lots of rotted manure.
What height do Robin Hood Broad Beans grow to? Robin Hood Broad Beans are a dwarf variety that grow to 30-45cms with 4-6 beans per pod.
Robin Hood Details
- Average Germination Time
- 7 - 14 Days
- Sowing Method
- Direct to Ground
- Days to Maturity
- 75 - 95 Days
- Packet Seed Count
- Recommended Soil pH
- Suited for small space growing
Sow and Harvest Times