Growing Aquadulce Fava Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Vicia faba
- Common Names: Broad Bean, Faba Bean
- Fava Bean Hardiness Zones: 2-11 (Grown as an annual)
- Aquadulce Days to Maturity: 80 days
- Fava Bean Seeding Rate: 3 lb per sq. ft
- Seed Planting Depth: Broadcast directly and tamp 1" into soil
- Aquadulce Growth Habit: Heirloom fava bean seeds grow into a 24-60" tall garden climber with a 6-10" spread
- Aquadulce Soil Benefits: Replenishes nitrogen into the soil, roots loosen soil to improve tilth, drainage, and weeds
- Grow Temp Preference: 40-75°F
- Garden Light Preference: Full sun - Partial shade
- Pests/Diseases/Troubleshooting: Although heirloom Vicia faba does not have too many pests or insects, it is known to be susceptible to leaf spotting diseases such as mosaic viral disease, bacterial blight, and slight anthracnose.
- Fava Bean Color: Aquadulce fava bean grows uniform lemon-lime green foliage, stems, pods, and beans
- Aquadulce Mow: When growing as a cover crop, mow down fava bean and till back into soil a month before sowing a new spring crop.
About Aquadulce Fava Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds
Heirloom Aquadulce fava bean cover crop is a cool weather garden crop best broadcasted directly in early spring or fall. For a more traditional sow, plant 1-2 Aquadulce fava bean seeds 1” deep and 4-6” apart in organically rich, well-drained garden soil in full sun to partial shade. Open-pollinated fava beans are often presoaked overnight to accelerate germination prior to garden sowing. Non-GMO Aquadulce fava bean germinates in 7-14 days, thinning back to one plant 8-10” apart in the garden as second set of true leaves establish. Legume seeds are often inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria at time of garden sowing. Although heirloom Vicia faba does not have too many pests or insects, it is known to be susceptible to leaf spotting diseases such as mosaic viral disease, bacterial blight, and slight anthracnose.
Aquadulce Fava Bean Benefits
Non-GMO Vicia faba is a popular cover crop traditionally sown in the fall to replenish nitrogen content in garden soil. Whether grown between seasons or alongside a crop as a nitrogen-boosting companion plant, heirloom fava bean seeds can be sown nearly any time of the year. To eat fava beans, shell the entire pod and cook the beans. Fresh fava beans can be stored with oil in the freezer, and keep dried bean safely in a cool dark spot. Fall planted fava beans will mature quickly to supplement depleted nitrogen, but will not fruit until 8-9 months after garden sowing.
Wholesale Non-GMO Aquadulce Fava Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 15 Seeds
- 4 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 60 Seeds
- 1 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 240 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 1,200 Seeds
- 25 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 6,000 Seeds
Heirloom Aquadulce fava bean cover crop garden seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $45.