Broad Bean 'Stereo'

Broad Bean 'Stereo' is famously the best tasting, small, tender broad bean you can grow, excellent raw or cooked. More
35 seeds 110111 £2.50 In stock
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Broad Bean 'Stereo' is famously the best tasting, small, tender broad bean you can grow, excellent raw or cooked.

It has been bred for thin skins on the actual beans so – even quite old – you won't need to skin them. They did well and survived the winter well here in Sussex. Highly recommended.

Genus Vicia
Group/Species V. faba
Variety Stereo
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broad Bean, Fava Bean
Border Position Front
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 100-120cm (39-47in)
Spacing Plant seed 5cm deep, 20cm apart in staggered rows 30cm apart. Sow extra seeds at the end of the row for transplants. Plant seedlings 50-75cm apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow straight into the ground in early spring (March-April) or late autumn (September-October).
Care Tips Stake each plant and pinch out tips to avoid blackfly. Water well whilst the pods start to grow. Add manure to the soil before planting.
Storing These freeze well.
Harvesting June - July, 8-10 weeks from spring sowing. Regular picking (ideally 2 or 3 times a week) will keep production going for about 4-6 weeks.
Cooking Notes Try a delicious Samphire with Fresh Peas and Young Broad Beans recipe for a starter at a dinner party…
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Delivery

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Seeds Delivery - Items will be despatched in 5-7 working days.

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Broad Bean 'Stereo' reviews

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Reviewed 23rd November 2018 by Gayle

Didn't grow more than 12 inches

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Donna

Excellent crop... Will plant again next Spring..

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Elizabeth

We have bought the Sarah Raven broad bean seedlings two years running. Last year they were a great success and cropped well. This year the seedlings arrived in good condition and looked healthy but struggled to put on strong growth and cropped late and poorly. This may be partly due to our growing them in the same place, although with new compost and partly due to the hot dry weather this summer.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Katie

Ditto as above....too late for photos, they have been and gone!!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Mary

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Diane

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Tina

Very poor crop, hardly any grew. Such a shame. Will not buy again

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Broad Bean seedlings and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018