How to Grow Broad Beans in Pots

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Broad beans, also called fava beans, grow in long, plump seed pods similar to green beans. Shelled broad beans look a bit like very small lima beans and have a slightly nutty flavour. Broad beans normally thrive best in open ground outdoors, though not all gardeners have this kind of space. With a bit of care, you can successfully grow broad beans in pots, though this can be tricky.

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Things you need

  • 3-gallon terra cotta pots with flood trays
  • Rich potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Pot trellises
  • Rubber mallet

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  1. 1

    Mix together equal parts rich potting soil and peat moss for each of your 3-gallon pots. Fill each pot with the mixture to about 2 inches below the rim.

  2. 2

    Set a pot trellis into one side of each pot. Pound it into the soil with sharp taps from a rubber mallet. The trellis should not shake or tilt at all.

  3. 3

    Dig a 1-inch-deep hole in the centre of each pot. Drop in a single broad bean seed and cover it gently with soil. The seed should have 6 inches of space all around it.

  4. 4

    Set each pot on a flood tray and water the soil well. Empty extra water from the flood tray immediately. Broad beans like moist, well-drained. Wait for the top of the soil to dry before watering again.

  5. 5

    Set the pots in a warm, sunny area. Broad beans need bright light for about four hours a day. When they sprout, wait for the first vine to reach 4 inches long. Gently wrap the vine around the bottom of the trellis. As the vine grows, continue to weave it in and out of the trellis.

  6. 6

    Mulch your broad beans with peat moss every month. Since they are in pots, nutrients may become scarce. Help them along by making sure they have plenty to feed on.

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