Sweet Lorane Fava Bean Organic/Biodynamic
230 days; fall sown. Selected by Territorial in the mid 1980s from among hundreds in a USDA small seeded fava bean collection, Sweet Lorane was chosen especially for its hearty taste and cold tolerance. Typically grows to 30 inches. Allow plants to mature, and once the pods begin to dry and crack, the beans are ready to harvest. Light brown/green colored seeds.
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|Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Emergence||Seed Depth||Thin Plants To||Seed Spacing||Row Spacing||Min. Germ.||Seed Life||Seeds per ounce||Fertilizer Needs|
|45-65°F||8-15||1-2"||N/A||3-6"||12-30"||80%||2-3 years||Listed per variety||Low|
Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.
• Fava beans prefer cool weather; sow as soon as soil can be worked in the spring and plant again in the fall
• Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Coat seed with inoculant to increase yields
• One ounce of seed plants 4-10 row feet
• Sow September—October for an overwinter crop
Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids
• Insect control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin
Harvest & Storage
• Shelling beans: Pick when fully formed but still soft and green
• Dry beans: Harvest mature beans before pods begin to shatter in the field
• If weather prevents field drying, pull plants and dry inside on a tarp, turning pile daily for even drying
• To thresh dry beans: When material is brittle dry, place material in bag and swing against a hard surface, or beat with a stick or rake on a tarp
• Make sure beans are fully dry, then store in a cool place
• Bean weevils may be eliminated by freezing the seed near 0°F for 2 weeks
KEY TO BEAN DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A* | Anthracnose
BB | Bacterial Blight
BBS | Bacterial Brown Spot
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
BMV | Bean Mosaic Virus
CTM | Curly Top Beet Mosaic Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
HB | Halo Blight
PM | Powdery Mildew
PMV | Pod Mottle Virus
R | Common Rust
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.