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Fava bean seedlings and cold tolerance

Posted by RyanK817 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 26, 13 at 22:35

So I'm about to leave town for 4-5 days for Thanksgiving, and it's going to get quite cold (for this part of GA) while I'm gone, low 20's almost every night. I planted some Windsor Broad Beans in a raised bed a few weeks ago, and on average they're about 3-5 inches tall now. I know fava beans thrive in cold weather, but can seedlings that young and small handle such cold weather with likely freezing? I have a plastic cover I've been putting over them on cold nights, but I don't know if leaving it on all night and day while I'm gone would do more harm than good. Any thoughts?

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RE: Fava bean seedlings and cold tolerance

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 27, 13 at 9:03

How about something like Remay that would offer some protection without cooking them in the daytime?

RE: Fava bean seedlings and cold tolerance

Favas don't really 'thrive' in cold weather. They sit it out but they won't be growing. They survive better when they are short than taller ime. I agree that fleece would be better than plastic as it breathes and lets in moisture.

RE: Fava bean seedlings and cold tolerance

I actually ended up using a bale of hay my wife had been using for fall decoration. I spread it over the whole bed at least 6 inches deep, so even though they won't get much sun, it's only for 4-5 days and they should get some insulation from the freezing temps without getting baked during the day. I'll post about how they end up doing once we get back.

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