Germ 4-10 days
Good choice for the North because it can be planted in cool soil, the Fava produces an erect 2-3’ stalk and bean pods form from white and black flowers along its length. Pods can can grow to 10” and beans are large like an elongated penny. If planted early, harvest will begin in July and last until a frost. Can be planted close, 9 per square foot. We use them like limas. 30-40 seeds (due to their size)
Outside- Bush type: 1” deep and 4-6” apart with soil temperatures above 60 degrees and after the last frost. Planting under 60 degrees results in poor germination. Pole type: Plant 1” deep and 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Drying type: 1” deep and 5-6” apart. Leave beans on the plant until the leaves are falling and pods are dry and withered
Harvest- Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually to prolong production.
Tips- Water well during hot dry period and do not over fertilize which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest throughout the summer.