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Fava Beans Growing Guide
Fava Beans Growing Guide
Soil Temp for Germ. Days to Emergence Seed Depth Thin Plants To Seed Spacing Row Spacing Min. Germ. Seed Life Seeds per ounce Fertilizer Needs
45-65°F 8-15 1-2" N/A 3-6" 12-30" 80% 2-3 years Listed per variety Low


Vicia faba

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Fava beans prefer cool weather; sow as soon as soil can be worked in the spring and plant again in the fall
• Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost

Direct Sowing
• One ounce of seed plants 4-10 row feet
• Sow September—October for an overwinter crop

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids
Insect control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin

Harvest & Storage
Shelling beans: Pick when fully formed but still soft and green
Dry beans: Harvest mature beans before pods begin to shatter in the field
• If weather prevents field drying, pull plants and dry inside on a tarp, turning pile daily for even drying
To thresh dry beans: When material is brittle dry, place material in bag and swing against a hard surface, or beat with a stick or rake on a tarp
• Make sure beans are fully dry, then store in a cool place
• Bean weevils may be eliminated by freezing the seed near 0°F for 2 weeks



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