Broad Bean Red Epicure Seeds

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Packet of Broad Bean Red Epicure SeedsBroad Bean Red Epicure is a classic broad bean variety, reaching heights of 100-120cm, with sturdy plants.

Renowned for its vigorous growth, boasting attractive white flowers that give way to an abundance of long, green pods. Within these pods lie 6 - 7 oval-shaped beans, initially a vibrant green, transforming into a deep, chestnut red when fully ripe and dry. The beans retain their captivating color even when lightly cooked, providing a feast for the eyes and the palate.

In the early stages, the beans are tender, green, and delectable – perfect for enjoying straight from the pod without the need for blanching.

Red Epicure tends to be self-supporting unless grown in exposed a. This hardy plant quickly transitions from flowering to bearing, ensuring a timely and bountiful harvest.

Average Packet Contents: 30 seeds

Broad Bean Red Epicure Grow Notes
When to Sow Seeds: February to April - In cell trays or later direct sown outside
Germination Temperature: 12 ℃ Cover Seeds: Yes
Time to Germination: 10 - 14 Days Frost Hardy: Yes, Best protected early Spring.
Spacing Between Plants: 12cm Row Spacing: 30cm
Plant Height: 45cm Planting Position: Sun

 

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General Broad Bean Seeds Growing Tips

Broad beans are the first legumes to be harvested, and with a succession of sowings you can have broad beans available right from June into September.

In mild areas you can sow Broad Beans - usually varieties such as Super Aquadulce or The Sutton in the autumn for a early crop the following year. During cold weather it pays to cover the plants with fleece for added protection.

  • Sow the broad bean seeds either in large cells or direct in the ground, about 5cm deep and 20cm apart; dwarf varieties can be sown 15cm apart if you are short of space.
  • They are commonly sown in double rows approx. 20cm apart, with a gap of 60cm between each double row.
  • Once through feed regularly.
  • Taller varieties will need support, place a cane at the end of the double row and run a string round the plants and canes. Repeat as they grow giving support as needed.
  • Broad beans can be attacked by aphids. One way to reduce the damage is to pinch out the top 7.5cm of the plants when the first pods start are seen. Alternatively you can spray with SB Plant Invigorator.
  • When picking pods to shell wait until the beans can be seen through the pod. Do not leave them too long as once the scar on the bean turns black, the beans start becoming tougher.

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