Fava Beans

Robin Hood Fava Bean

Robin Hood Fava Bean


NEW! 90-100 days. If you've wanted to grow favas but don't have the space, Robin Hood has come to the rescue. This dwarf variety grows to a compact, 12-18 inches tall—a fraction of the height of our other fava varieties. Suitable for tight spaces and containers, it produces fat pods with 4-6 delicious beans each. Harvest when the pods start to swell to enjoy the tender, tasty broad beans. Sow seed from spring through summer sequentially for continuous harvest. Green colored seeds; 20 per ounce.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 20 seeds per ounce.
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  • 1 oz
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  • 2 oz
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  • 1/2 lb
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per ounceFertilizer Needs
45-65°F8-151-2"N/A3-6"12-30"80%2-3 yearsListed per varietyLow

Vicia faba

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

Direct Sowing
• 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

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.