How to Save Broad Bean (Vicia faba) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2694
Family: Fabaceae
Binomial name: Vicia faba

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Self-pollinated and insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 100m
Other Isolation Methods Isolation cages.
Population Required for Viable Seeds 1
Population Required to Maintain Variety 10-25
When to Harvest When pods become brittle and change colour from green to black.
How to Harvest

Cut individual pods from the plant; spread on wire racks to dry further if needed. Shell seeds from individual pods by hand or place multiple pods into a sack and gently tread on them to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff if required.

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What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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