Vicia faba 'Witkiem'
Broad Bean 'Witkiem'
Vicia faba Broad Bean 'Witkiem' is a white seeded variety that shows excellent tolerance to cold weather, making it ideal for early February sowings. It can also be sown successionally through to May. 'Witkiem' produces a good crop of plump pods filled with big, tasty beans which can be harvested from June onwards. This excellent variety is delicious eaten fresh, although surplus crops can be successfully frozen. Height: 100cm (39in). Spread: 45cm (18in).
|Botanical name||Vicia faba|
|Common name||Broad Bean 'Witkiem'|
|Flowering time||Spring, Summer|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Spring, Summer|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.6m - 1m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Direct sow broad bean seed under cloches in February, or without protection from March to April. For particularly early crops some varieties of broad beans may also be sown outdoors under cloches from early autumn to late winter. Grow beans in full sun on rich fertile, well manured soil with protection from strong winds. Plant broad beans in double rows set 23cm (9in) apart and allowing at least 60cm (24in) between each double row. Sow broad beans at a depth of 5cm (2in) deep and a distance of 23cm (9in) apart within each row and water well. Germination usually takes around 1 days. Pinch out growing tips once first pods have set to deter blackfly. Keep well watered particularly when flowers are setting.|