Vicia faba ‘Express’

Broad bean

  • Botanical name: Vicia faba 'Express'
  • Common name: Broad bean
  • Family: Papilionaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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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.

How to grow Vicia 'Express'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    25cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Vicia 'Express' and wildlife

Vicia 'Express' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Vicia 'Express' poisonous?

Vicia 'Express' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Vicia 'Express'