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Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'

Vicia faba, Fava Beans

Hardy Annual

 Customer Rating
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

A gardeners' favourite. Broad bean 'Aquadulce Claudia' is the best broad bean for autumn sowing, overwintering plants on the plot outside, for an early harvest the following spring. Slender pods of 23cm (9") long, are full of succulent white seeded flavoursome beans. Height: 100cm (39"). Spread: 45cm (18").


Companion planting: Try growing broad beans with summer savory to help repel black bean aphids, a common pest of broad beans.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July
Sowing Months:
January, February, March, November, December
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (30 broad bean seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.99

Sow November to December to overwinter, cloche protection may promote stronger plants. Can also be individually sown in 5cm (2in) pots or seedtrays January to March to transplant if soil conditions allow.


Grow beans in full sun on rich fertile, well manured soil with protection from strong winds. Plant broad beans in double rows set 23cm (9") apart and allowing at least 60cm (24") between each double row. Sow broad beans at a depth of 5cm (2") deep and a distance of 23cm (9") apart within each row and water well. Germination usually takes around 10 days.

When growing broad beans, support the plants by placing a cane or stout stick at each corner of a double row and tying in with string, especially in windy gardens. Keep well watered, particularly as flowers begin to set and hoe between rows regularly. Pinch out the growing tips after the first flowers have set pods to deter blackfly and encourage further pods to set. Harvest broad beans when the pods are well filled and the seed still soft.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

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Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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Reviews
  1. Broad Beans Aquadulce Claudia

    By Jean Brown 03-10-2010

    Very tasty and easy to grow - I sewed them last year in October and they cropped extremely well. Cannot wait to get them in the ground this year - I cook them when they are very young with their pods on and when they mature, I can get away with steaming them whole as well. Growing at this time defeats the black fly that can ruin a whoe crop as I do not use any pesticides because we have three bee hives on our allotment. Value and taste for money - wouldn't grow any others.

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