Cover Crop Fava Bean Sweet Lorane Improved Organic Seeds (LG)

Cover Crop Fava Bean Sweet Lorane Improved Organic Seeds (LG)

Vicia faba

Item #7617


30-60 Days. Fava beans are dual-purpose! As a cover crop, fava beans have one of the highest nitrogen-fixing rates, and the large, deep roots break up even heavy clay and compacted soil. For maximum nitrogen, harvest crop at peak bloom and work back into the soil to increase level of organic material. Seeds can be sown in temperatures as low as 35°F, and plants are very cold hardy. A fast-growing cover crop, sow favas in early spring or fall. Fall-sown seed will produce tall plants but will not produce flowers.
CAUTION: People deficient in an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) should not handle seeds, consume fava beans, or inhale its pollen.

This packet sows approximately 40 square ft.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
10-15 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
2-4 seeds
per square foot

Not required

When to sow outside: 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost for spring crop. For a fall crop, sow 4 to 6 weeks before first fall frost. In mild climates, may overwinter; cold hardy as low as 20°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special sowing and germination instructions: Soak seeds 12 to 24 hours before sowing. An innoculant can be beneficial but it is not required.

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