Broad bean, aquadulce claudia in a large pot
AHR Posts: 361
in Fruit & veg
I have been given some broad bean seed and would like to start them this autumn.
Might sound like a silly question to some but Can I grow Broad bean, aquadulce claudia in a large pot? I have searched the web and can't find any information on this.
don't think you'd get much of a crop. We grow two double rows about 8 ft long to provide two or three meals a week for a couple of months for the two of us.
I really don't see why not. I grew them last year and got 7kg (around 4kg shelled) from a 3m long doube row. You could certainly get 4 or 5 plants into a pot, enough for a meal. The only issues I can see (besides water and fertiliser) would be the pot becoming top heavy, my broadbeans get 4ft or so tall (this year I had hangdown and they got taller than me!) so it would need to be a heavy pot or tied up well. and possibly depending on where you live the pot freezing solid over winter. I personaly plant my broad beans in the spring, as I live in a bog so they just rot in the ground.
I have - I grew 3 in a 15 inch pot in our little polytunnel and got a really early crop, which is what I wanted, but it was a very short production, compared to ones grown in open ground, So Dove's right, it would have to be a huuuge pot if you wanted to match 'normally' grown plants.
That's if you GROW them in a pot. You can of course SOW them in a pot in the next few weeks and plant them out in the spring, if for some reason you don't have room now to sow them outside.
Thanks for your replys
i was asking due to a lack of space and I was thinking if I try them In a large pot then they could be moved.
The pot is one of T&Ms tower pots that is 38cm/15in diameter, 30cm/12in high, with a pot saucer and tower.
In not after a huge crop just a couple of meals worth. Never grown beans before, would be nice to give it a try.
The thing with broad beans is that the beans in the pods at the bottom of the stem are ready to pick first, then the next tier and the next and so on up the plant ... so just one or two plants won't give you many beans at a time
Just look at the pots you've mentioned ... broad beans aren't climbers so they won't climb up the tower ... although in a pot they would need a cane and some string for a bit of support ... but the Aquadulce 'Claudia' plants need quite a bit of space ... I'd only grow one plant to a pot
If I were you I'd get some of these
and make an early sowing in a couple of large pots in the spring
I was thinking I could use as support.
I will order some of the Robin Hood beans instead and give em a try.