How to Grow Broad Beans in Soil Pots


Broad beans are also known as fava, horse, Windsor, English, tick, field and pigeon beans. If harvested young, their pods can be eaten as well as the beans, but if harvested later (about 14 weeks after planting), only the beans inside are eaten. Broad beans are easily grown in gardens but can be planted and successfully grown in pots. Consider choosing a dwarf variety, such as the Sutton, for better success.

Step 1

Choose a pot or container that is at least 10 inches in diameter and 9 inches in depth. It should have holes on the bottom to allow for proper water drainage. Fill the pot about 8 inches deep with compost potting soil.

Step 2

Sow the seeds along the perimeter of the pot, about 2 inches from the outer edge. Seeds should be 3 to 4 inches apart from each other and 2 inches deep. Ten-inch pots would have room enough for two plants, whereas large containers might have room for more plants. You might be able to plant an additional broad bean seed in the middle, if the pot is large enough so that the middle seed is still 3 to 4 inches from the other seeds planting along the perimeter.

Step 3

Add support if your plants are placed in windy areas. Place small strong sticks (about 12 inches long) around the perimeter of the pot. Tie them together with a string about 6 inches high.

Step 4

Water the broad beans well throughout the growing seasons and be sure to keep the soil moist. Place in an area that receives sun, but is not too hot. Near a window, on a patio or out in the yard should suffice.

Step 5

Remove aphids as you see them. Wipe them off with your fingers or use a pesticide following the label instructions carefully. Pinch off any damaged leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting Soil
  • Water
  • Sticks
  • String


  • Kitchen Harvest: Growing Organic Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs in Containers; Susan Berry, Madeleine David; 2007
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