How to Plant Broad Bean Seeds


Broad beans (Vicia faba) have been a part of the human diet for a long time: Remains of them have been found in Egyptian tombs, according to horticulturist James Stephens of the University of Florida. Broad beans are a cool-season crop that can be harvested within five months of planting. They're also known as fava beans, tic beans, field beans and bell beans. Plant broad bean seeds after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 1

Choose a spot in the garden in which to plant your broad been seeds. It should be an area that receives sunshine all day and has well-drained soil.

Step 2

Aerate the soil in the planting bed by using the gardening fork to dig into the soil to a depth of 8 inches, turning and crushing the soil until it is light and airy.

Step 3

Pour a 3-inch layer of compost over the seed bed and use the gardening fork to mix it to a depth of 8 inches. Level and smooth the planting bed with a rake.

Step 4

Plant your broad beans 2 inches deep, 3 to 4 inches apart. If you are planting more than one row of broad beans, space the rows 3 feet apart.

Step 5

Water the broad beans carefully so that you don't wash the seeds away. Use a soaker hose or the fine mist setting on your hose. Water to a depth of 4 inches and keep the soil moist, but not saturated, until the broad beans sprout. This should occur within four weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Broad beans must be cooked prior to eating, as they are highly toxic when raw. Horticulturists at North Carolina State University caution that eating raw broad beans may be fatal.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening fork
  • Compost
  • Rake


  • University of Arkansas: Beans
  • University of Florida: Bean, Broad
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
  • North Carolina State University: Poisonous Plants: Vicia Faba
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