Broad Bean Oscar
Broad Bean Oscar. The smallest Broad Bean – perfect for freezing. Upright pods for easy picking. Ideal for containers and small spaces. A favourite broad bean with commercial growers for its uniformity and ease of picking and processing. The small but flavoursome beans are the best option for freezer storage, being far less prone to discolouring than larger varieties. We recommend growing Broad Bean Oscar alongside Marrowfat Pea Onward to produce your own pea and bean freezer mix for long term storage.
Oscar pods can also be picked before filling out and treated as a mangetout pea, but to get the most from your broad bean crop allow pods to fill and pick whilst young and tender. Compact plants with upright pods grow well in patio containers and stand well in open ground with no supports.
Height: 90cm (36in)
November – July
June – August
How to sow
Direct sow broad bean seed under cloches in February, or without protection from March to April. For particularly early crops some varieties of broad beans may also be sown outdoors under cloches from early autumn to late winter.
Grow beans in full sun on rich fertile, well manured soil with protection from strong winds. Plant broad beans in double rows set 23cm (9″) apart and allowing at least 60cm (24″) between each double row. Sow broad beans at a depth of 5cm (2″) deep and a distance of 23cm (9″) apart within each row and water well. Germination usually takes around 10 days.
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