Broad Bean - Stereo
This is one of the best, smaller, slender-podded varieties, gaining in popularity for its early setting of 'mange-tout pods' which can be picked young, just before the beans form. Broad Bean Stereo is delicious raw, or steamed and eaten whole. Pick regularly for highest yields. Compact, upright habit, ideal for containers. Broad Bean Stereo can also be grown as traditional pods. Height: 90cm.
Ideally sow seeds in double rows, 4cm deep in well prepared soil, 20-23cm apart both in the row and between each row. Allow at least 60cm between each double row. Germination takes about 10 days. Support the plants as they grow by placing a cane or stout stick at each corner and tying in with string, especially in windy sites. Plants in containers may also need support. Keep well-watered especially when flowering and as pods set. Pinch out growing tip once pods have set to deter blackfly. Pick regularly to promote further pod production.