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Fava time, and the winner is ... Express, Statissa, or Negreta?

Posted by guavalane Los Angeles 9A (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 5, 10 at 17:33

So many good things are said about Fava that I'm going to give it a try this fall/winter. But, what variety should I start? Our winter is mild with the low around 20F - 30F. At my small urban garden, space is always a premium. Also precious is direct sunlight because of fence, trees, etc. It has to be fairly early so I could have the space available by April 1. Given all the limitations, I'm lost between Express, Statissa, or Negereta. Your suggestion is most welcome.

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RE: Fava time, and the winner is ... Express, Statissa, or Negret

Over here, Coles Early Dwarf is popular: doesn't get too gigantic. No matter what the packet says, they'll need support. Old pantyhose are excellent, their width and flexibility prevent the soft stems getting damaged.

RE: Fava time, and the winner is ... Express, Statissa, or Negret

Supersimonia (from growitalian) and a Spanish one I picked up in Catalonia are my new ones. Broad Windsor is the only one I have grown two years in a row (also near Los Angeles). This coming September, I am planting all 3 varieties. I have been loving favas and I am trying to adjust the optimal planting time. I should be harvesting them by april, or green stink bugs get them. I planted in October last year, so I plan to sow a little earlier. I am also hoping that the Italian and Spanish favas have a shorter DTM and are better adapted to our Mediterranean climate.

RE: Fava time, and the winner is ... Express, Statissa, or Negret

Pippimac and Cabrita,
Thank you for your information. I think I'll try Statissa because it's easier to find. I think I'll sneak them under my now very tall tomato plants in early September. My thought is that the tomato foliage may provide some shade when it's still hot.

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