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Organic Broad Bean (Coles Dwarf) Seeds


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Don't believe the rumours - our Dwarf Broad Beans are delicious if you treat them well and pick them while they are young!  Coles Dwarf is an early and prolific variety - excellent in dips or sautéed with garlic.   

Our organic Ecoseed Broad Bean Packets contain approximately 30 seeds - plenty for a small garden.

What are Broad Beans (Fava Beans)?

Broad beans (also called Fava Beans, Faba Beans, or Vicia faba) are a small plump (green) bean with a nutty and slightly sweet taste. These legumes are a great source of protein and carbohydrates. They are full of flavour and packed with vitamin C.  

Coles Dwarf is a heavy cropping variety of broad bean and will grow to about 1 metre in medium-large pots.  

Culinary Uses for Broad Beans (Fava Beans)

Don't believe the rumours - Broad Beans are delicious if you treat them well and pick them while they are young.  Use broad beans in dips, with butter, Parmesan and dill; sautéed with garlic, or even in stir fries. 

Coles Dwarf Broad Beans are ideal for deep freezing if you would like to prolong the flavour sensation!

Growing Conditions - Broad Bean (Coles Dwarf) or Fava Beans


Traditionally, Broad Beans need a lot of space to grow, so they weren't for the faint-hearted.  This dwarf variety won't take up as much space in your garden as a regular variety, but due to its plentiful harvest, it may need staking or trellising to hold all that weight! 

Broad Beans are a cool weather crop, so best planted in early spring or autumn.  Coles Dwarf Broad Beans prefer rich, free draining/well dug soil (slightly acidic if possible).  They thrive with lots of sun and regular water (or wet weather). Water them just as the soil starts to dry out (and regularly at flowering).  While broad beans will tolerate hard frost, they don't like the wind! 

Carrots, Lettuce, Marigolds, Celery, Peas, Potatoes, Parsnip, Cabbage, Parsley and Aubergine are good companions for Broad Beans.  Avoid planting them next to Beetroot, Onions & Garlic, Kohlrabi, Sunflowers and Jerusalem Artichokes.  

 Growing Instructions - Broad Beans (Coles Dwarf) or Fava Beans

  • Direct sow: Early spring, autumn (and winter in areas with a mild climate)
  • Spacing: 15-20 cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 5 cm
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy when germinating
  • Germination: 6 - 7 days
  • Pinch tips out when seedlings are 7-10cm long
  • Stake if necessary
  • Harvest: 90 - 100 days (harvest when young and tender) 

      We offer a replacement guarantee

      To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

      What will postage cost?

      Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

      Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

      If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

      If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

      How often do you dispatch?

      To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

      How do you package your products?

      We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


      Where do you deliver to? 

      We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

      South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

      While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

      We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

      Do you deliver to post office boxes?

      Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.