Broad Bean Crimson Flowered
Broad Bean Crimson Flowered is highly ornamental looking but edible, abundant and beautiful with crimson flowers. The plants are followed by upright pods & tasty beans. Shorter than most broad beans (mine grew to 1.2 to 1.4m tall). Pods contain on average around 3 to 5 beans.
Was popular in the 1700’s, but not long ago this rare heritage variety was on the verge of extinction. Has become popular with many gardeners and seed growers around the world.
Will require staking to protect from the Spring winds!
Sow – Apr to Aug (cool climate), all year as green manure.
Spacing – 15m plants, 30cm rows.
Broad beans have a long tradition of cultivation in Old World agriculture, being among the most ancient plants in cultivation and also among the easiest to grow. Along with lentils, peas, and chickpeas, they are believed to have become part of the eastern Mediterranean diet around 6000 BCE or earlier, however their wild ancestor has not been identified and their origin is unknown.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 14 to 20 C (will germinate at 5 C but is slower)