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King of the Garden Lima Bean

(106 days) Phaseolus lunatus Open-pollinated. Also known as Henderson’s Leviathan, for those with a season long enough to grow pole limas. Developed from a cross between Large White and Dreer by Frank S. Platt in 1883. Platt selected five- and six-seeded Large White pods so that the King’s long flat 8" pods dependably produce at least 4 large creamy-white seeds of splendid quality over an extended harvest period. Gregory called them the standard late pole lima and advised in his 1917 catalog that the plants are extremely vigorous so that “no more than two should be allowed to grow to a pole.” Indeed, the vines can grow 10' high on fertile ground! Caution: Not adapted to northern areas. Avg 480 seeds/lb.


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Lima Beans

Phaseolus lunatus ~ 60 seeds/oz. Originally from Peru where they were cultivated 4,000 years ago by the Lima culture.

Culture: Lima beans require more heat than bush beans and are indifferent performers in cold wet summers. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. Harvest when the beans bulge inside their pods.

Shell and Dry Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. All bush beans except where noted.

Culture: In conditions of high nitrogen fertility some bush beans may develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases.

Harvest shell beans when the beans are plump inside pods. For dry beans allow pods to dry on the vine until pressing the beans with your fingernail leaves no indentation. If heavy rains threaten just before maturity, pull plants by the roots and hang them in a dry place to finish or pick pods, shell and finish drying indoors.