The demand for Fava beans - also known as Broad beans - has been growing, creating a niche product opportunity for market growers. Windsor is a classic English variety with 5-6" pods containing 3-5 large, 1", fresh green shell beans. Favas prefer cool, mild conditions and are suitable for early spring and fall planting. Dry beans are light brown. Avg. 270 seeds/lb. Packet: 50 seeds.
Latin Name: Vicia faba
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CULTURE: Unlike most beans, fava beans prefer cool weather and are best planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Sow 1" deep, 4-6" apart, in rows 18-36" apart or use wide-bed style planting, giving each plant 1 sq.ft. of space. Where winter lows stay above 10°F (-12°C) sow in August through September. Inoculants can increase yields. DISEASES AND PESTS: The primary disorder responsible for leaf and pod blackening and spotting is a virus spread by aphids. The disease is most prevalent in hot weather, above 80°F (27°C). HARVEST: Pick individual pods when the green shell beans inside are plump. For dry beans, wait until pods are dry before harvest. AVG. SEEDING RATE: 1 lb./90', 11 lb./1,000', 160 lb./acre at 3' row spacing. PACKET: 50 seeds, sows 17'.