Should you stake broad beans?

As the plants grow you will need to stake them to prevent the fragile stems from bending or breaking and pods being damaged. Stake after the seedlings are up and use anything from pea sticks to bamboo with string to support the plant.

Do broad beans need something to climb on?

Support broad beans when they start to grow Now that the broad beans have started to grow they need to be supported, as broad beans are not climbers you would have to support each plant if you used pea sticks or canes. The easiest way is to enclose the whole row.

What is the best support for broad beans?

Taller varieties of broad bean need supporting with canes and string – place strong supports at the end of each row, and then wrap rows of string around them, 30cm apart, to support the plants. Be sure to put in the supports in while the plants are still small.

What to do with leggy broad beans?

Re: Broad beans sowed indoors recently and now leggy These early ones will probably escape much blackfly. I find they are a better alternative to overwintering. The trick is to put them outside as soon as the first ones emerge. If you keep them inside until all have emerged the most advanced ones will be getting leggy.

How do you get beans to climb?

Purchase stakes or cut long strips of wood at six to eight foot lengths. Hammer them into the ground next to where you intend to plant the beans, then plant seeds at the foot of the stake. The beans will grow and wind up and around.

Do broad beans crop twice?

Broad beans are very vigorous and have grown back strongly after being cut back, and with the benefit of good weather, the plants have formed a second late crop.

How tall do broad beans get?

Longpod. The Longpod is the most common variety of broad bean and has long, slender pods (hence the name). This type of broad bean is usually heavy cropping with each pod containing around 10 beans. Longpod is the largest type and the plants can reach heights of over 2 metres and so need supporting.

How can I help climbing beans?

Double row: the classic structure is to plant two rows of beans or peas about 1 foot (30cm) apart and to stick canes in each side, tying them together at the top with string. I often use this method and add an extra cane along the top with a supporting ‘guy rope’ string at each end to strengthen the whole structure.