Broad bean plant

How To Support Growing Broad Beans

Support broad beans when they start to grow

Now that the broad beans have started to grow they need to be supported, as broad beans are not climbers you would have to support each plant if you used pea sticks or canes. The easiest way is to enclose the whole row.

You will need:

  • 150cm (5') canes
  • string 


  • 150cm (5') canes
  • pea and bean netting



Place canes about 60cm (2’) apart around the row and tie 3 layers of string around the whole lot. You can also criss-cross between the plants to give them an extra bit of support.

An alternative is to use pea and bean netting around the whole row supported by threading canes through at 60cm (2’) intervals.

Broad beans

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Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer so always used to producing something from the earth, whether it was animals or garden produce. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I also keep a few hens and grow vegetables for my own personal use. I gained a BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management. As a result of this I have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening.