Organic Broad Bean 'Super Aquadulce'
Organic Broad Bean 'Super Aquadulce': Vicia faba
- The hardiest of varieties, award winning
- Highly prolific producer of sweet creamy Broad Beans
- Easy to grow, compact plants perfect for limited space
- Sow: October to March for Harvest May to Mid-August
Organic Broad Bean 'Super Aquadulce' holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Widely recognised as the hardiest Broad Bean variety for Autumn sowing with its compact plants producing numerous pods containing 8-10 good flavoured, creamy textured white beans in each. Home-grown beans taste sweeter and more tender than their shop bought relatives can be harvested from plot to plate in minutes.
Plants grow to about 90cm with large greyish green lobe shaped leaves with wonderfully fragrant white and black flowers in early spring. Once pollinated by bees these flowers give way to bright green pods contacting the delicious beans.
Sow: Sow directly into rich free draining soil, use a large dibber to make a 5-10cm deep hole and drop the seed in. Germination takes between 7-14 days. Spring sow (Jan-Mar), Autumn Sow (Oct-Dec) - succession sowing from Oct to Mar will give a good crop of broad beans from May to Mid-August.
Grow: Put some stakes in at the end of the rows and use these to tie biodegradable twine around to support them as they grow. Water well in summer and mulch through winter. Once the first pods have appeared pinch out the top 8cm of the plant to encourage more pod production and to discourage aphids and blackfly.
Harvest: Early crop in May (Autumn planting) or Mid Summer (Spring planting). Regular picking (ideally 2 or 3 times a week) will keep production going for about 4 to 6 weeks