Vicia faba 'Express'

Vicia faba 'Express'

Broad bean

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Vicia faba 'Express'
  • Common name: Broad bean
  • Plant type: Vegetable

Height: 90cm

Spread: 25cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green

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Broad beans, Vicia faba, are easy to grow, bearing an early crop of delicious, tender beans suitable for using in the first of the summer salads.

Vicia faba 'Express' is one of the fastest maturing broad beans. It can produce up to 34 good pods of delicious beans per plant. 'Express' has several other winning qualities – it's winter hardy, outstanding for freezing, as it does not discolour, and it's particularly tender and tasty. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Vicia faba 'Express' in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Pinch out growing tips in spring to deter blackfly, and support plants in exposed gardens.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Harvest
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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