I can’t remember which one’s I used to get from Seeds of Italy (I beleive I got an email or catalog in 2015 saying they were “unable to import them this year”), but i believe I’ve grown aqudulce, super aquadulce, vroom, extra prescocce, and sweet Lorraine.
Local nurseries here in the Bay Area sell bulk bags of dried fava beans to use as cover crop in the winter. I planted them one year and they took over the garden area (in a good way). I never planted them again because they are such a pain to prepare, with all the peeling.
" Seed companies, including Oregon’s Territorial Seed Company, sell small-seeded favas for planting as a cover crop. Varieties are sold as Banner and “small fave cover crop,” among other names.
Small-seeded favas protect soil from months of pummeling rains. They are hardy to about 10 degrees. They fix nitrogen from the air into the soil and can provide as much nitrogen for your next crop as fertilizer, equivalent to 100 to 150 pounds of nitrogen per acre.
Culinary varieties of fava beans are much larger seeds than cover-crop types. Up to an inch in diameter, the seeds/beans can be eaten when young, green and tender, and they taste like buttery lima beans. They fix nitrogen in similar amounts to small-seeded favas."
I never really paid attention how long the fava beans need from seeds to beans. I’m now in my 82 days from outdoor seeds, flowers just waned. The tomatoes seedlings are growing fast, and they want the space of the beans in a few weeks time…
How long do you usually need for pods formation? Is there anyway to speed the beans up?
I’ve always planted mine in the fall, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read they take longer that way; maybe 240 days. Spring planted should take less, like 80 was, I imagine because of warmth and sunlight. The variety matters too. I remember growing one called “super precoce”, that was supposed to be early. I think Territorial seeds has several varieties, and mentions days to maturity. Do you know what kind you have?
Oops! Just realized you asked from flower to bean. I’m guessing, but really tiny pods without beans in a week or so, but the six inch, full of bean ones might be two weeks or more.
Mine is Aguadulce. Wow yours have a lot of flowers!
I think seeds need the right conditions to grow, so seeds to beans time is not accurate. I think I need another 3-4 weeks to get the beans. Do you prune the plants? I’m think of doing it tomorrow, trim the top leaves. Never did it in the past.