9 months to reach maturity
Broad beans can be harvested throughout late Spring and early Summer. Flowers and pods are ready to harvest within 3 to 4 months of sowing.
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Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia' Overview
Vicia faba 'Aquadulce Claudia' is commonly known as Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'. It is often grown as a hardy, annual plant for the seedpods, termed broad beans. Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia' is a cultivar of Broad Bean that is recommended as the standard for Autumn sown varieties. Producing long and uniform pods from square-sectioned stems bearing oblong blue-green foliage. Flowers are scented and tubular in shape, coloured black and white, the blooms are produced along the length of the thew stem, leading onto pods up to 25cm long. Preferring cool and moist conditions, Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia' makes a reliable winter crop. Establishing itself very quickly, they are an ideal variety for children to grow. The glossy plump pods produce tender meaty white beans, that when cooked have a lovely creamy texture. Broad beans are part of the legume family - adding Nitrogen to the area planted with the help of mycorrhizal organisms. It serves as a soil conditioner for new soils or depleted areas and is important in the rotation of vegetable beds. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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How to propagate Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'
Soak beans between 2-3 hours. Sow during autumn and winter. Space each seed 20 cm apart and plant to a depth of 25 mm. The average germination time is 10 days.
Special features of Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'
The bean is Nitrogen fixing, therefore broccoli, kale or cabbage are an ideal next crop.
Other uses of Broad Bean 'Aquadulce Claudia'
Used in a variety of dishes as well as being eaten boiled.
Vegetables to Grow Through Winter
These crops will keep growing throughout the winter if provided with some protection from the worst of the winter weather.