Vicia faba 'The Sutton'

Broad bean

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (320720)

Plant details

Once regarded as an agricultural or poor man's crop, broad beans are now a connoisseur's vegetable, easily grown and producing heavy yields of small succulent beans. 'The Sutton' is a dwarf, hardy variety for sowing outdoors in autumn and spring, or under glass in late winter for early crops, and produces prolific yields of short pods on its branching stems. To induce extra early crops and deter black aphids, the tops are nipped out when the first pods have set, and these tops are an edible leaf vegetable. The first young pods are eaten as mangetouts, later ones being shelled. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Vicia

Species: faba

Cultivar: The Sutton

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 38cm

Spread: 60cm


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