Broad Bean 'Crimson Flowered'
ORGANIC! A Diggers exclusive and our favourite broad bean. Crimson flowers brighten the garden in winter and are followed by succulent pods. A precious heirloom recovered by Diggers from Norfolk Island, where it was originally planted by convicts in 1788.
Broad beans can be planted from autumn to spring, but must be done so that they finish flowering before the daytime temperature reaches 20 deg C. Preferring slightly alkaline soil, the addition of some lime is beneficial in more acid soils. Reasonable amount of air circulation to prevent fungal diseases is required. The best solution is to place stakes at the end of the rowsand tie string from stake to stake to support them. Pinch 10cm off the top of the plants as the flowers are fading to help 'set' the pods. Pick when young for maximum tenderness.