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The most ornamental broad bean, perfect for mixing into a parterre and flower borders as well as the veg garden, with scented, deep crimson flowers. It lasts well in a vase too.

Genus Vicia
Group/Species fava
Variety Crimson Flowered
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broad Bean Crimson-flowered
Border Position Container, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing Plant seed 5cm (2in) deep, 20cm (8in) apart in double rows 20cm (8in) apart. Sow extra seeds at the end of the row for transplants.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow beans in pots under cover in February for planting out in spring or direct into the ground in March, April and even early May, for harvests throughout the summer. Late autumn sowings can also be overwintered for earlier crops the following year. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot for your beans and sow into soil that is well-drained and fertile – forking in some well-rotted manure or compost before sowing will help to improve soil conditions. Sow 5cm (2in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart, ideally in double rows, spaced 20cm (8in) apart. If a second double row is needed this should be positioned 60cm (2ft) away from the first. Sow a few extra seeds at the end of the rows to fill in any gaps produced by seeds that don’t germinate.
Care Tips Taller varieties will need staking, use strings attached to sturdy stakes inserted at 1.2m (4ft) intervals. Smaller cultivars usually support each other, especially when they are planted in double rows. Unless rainfall has been high, soak plants well at the start of flowering and again two weeks later. Further watering may also be needed on light soils. When the lowest truss of blossom has formed small pods, pinch out the tips of the beans to promote fruit set and reduce problems with blackfly. These tips can be steamed or stir-fried and eaten
Flowering May - July
Harvesting May - July, 8-10 weeks from spring sowing. Harvest pods once beans have begun to visibly swell inside, regular picking (ideally 2 or 3 times a week) will keep production going for about 4-6 weeks. Small beans are sweeter and more tender that large ones. Pods can also be picked when they are immature to be cooked and eaten whole.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Broad Bean 'Crimson-flowered' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Colburn

Very pleased with this purchase beautiful coloured flowers produced lots ot of tasty beans and still going strong 😀


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Reviewed 31st July 2018 by Penny Clamp

I grew these for the first time this year enticed by the unusual red flowers.
They grew really well to about 2 1/2 feet and were very straight and erect with roughly 3 equal sized stems per plant. I panicked at that point as one or two started to lean so I built a cane and string cage round them which supported them just right although if you don't mind them wonky they probably would have been ok. There were plenty of truly beautiful crimson flowers and they lasted a long time but initially I couldn't see any beans. I thought this would be a repeat of my usual situation of plenty of flowers and few beans but suddenly in the middle of this hideous heatwave/drought that we have been enduring I noticed lots of little beans coming. I am now picking them and they are small - about 4 inches long and only 3-4 smallish beans per pod. However there are plenty of them and they are sweet with no bitter taste.
I have read up on them and they are an old variety and the small size of everything is because they are not a highly hybridized bean.They are said to have a very good scent like other broad beans but mine didn't which led me to wonder if the insects wouldn't be attracted to pollinate them but they obviously did. They also didn't have crimson stems which some people mention, maybe they are rather variable. (If you want crimson beans you have to grow Red Epicure which has white flowers and is a bigger plant altogether).
So I would most highly recommend Crimson Flowered as visually beautiful and easy to grow.

so beautiful!

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Reviewed 12th September 2017 by Jane

I have grown these beans before and am so delighted they are available from Sarah Raven - I have not been able to find them again. The flowers are beautiful...I like to grow them like a thick hedge on the outside border of my veg plot. They form beans a bit slowly but once they are ready, they are a good tasty bean and generous yield.