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Listra Broad Beans

Has anyone out there grown Listra variety broad bean ? It apparently has a climbing habit.
So ,if so, how did you support it .? Like Runner beans ?


  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,500
    Dave115 -  suggests you should support the plants during their growing season - but then one always does with broad beans.  Google them?  There are several sites.
  • Dave115Dave115 Posts: 25
    According to the seed packet,they can grow up to eight feet !
    I think I will run them up bamboo wigwams like runners
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,957
    According to this it's also a perennial ... so make sure the canes are good ones

    I've not come across it before ... do report back  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,500
    Dave115 Each of the 'styx' above is made from 2.5 drainage/chimney rods with a hook at the top so that they hang from my wheel.  They aren't firm enough to support themselves but will last indefinitely, as opposed to canes.  Next year will be the tenth year mine have been in operation, so should allow you a degree of durability if you go for the Listra.  As you can see, I use my rig for runners with 12 styx @ two plants each, all based on a circular pit filled with newspapers and compost.
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,500
    Until someone corrected me a few weeks ago, I'd always thought I needed to move my runner beans each year but, if Listra proves viable, we may have a facility whereby one can grow both types in the above sort of circular style with one runner + one Listra per upright.  Could be useful for individuals/couples with low consumption rates or limited space?
  • Dave115Dave115 Posts: 25
    Thanks again ,Nick. I've e-mailed Dobies who look like the only suppliers of the variety
    to see what they come up with. I'll let you know when they reply.
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