is a Bush type Lima Bean offered by Ferry Morse Seed. I don't like Lima
beans but they say that this one is very flavorful. It grows
4" pods that are easy to shell, with each pod containing 2 or 3
Lima Beans. Like bush snap beans... bush Lima beans are
harvestable 2 weeks sooner than pole Lima beans.
The Bed: Lima beans grow
best in fertile, well drained soil with a PH to 6.5. Add a fresh
layer of rich compost to the top soil, then till or spade the bed
to loosen the soil and work in the compost. Rake level.
How to Grow: Do not
pre-soak the seed. Plant seed 1
weeks after danger of frost has passed 1" deep, spaced
3" - 4" apart. Rows should be 18" - 24" apart.
Don't water until the seed sprout. After germination water as need. Lima beans will require a bit
more water than snap beans. High nitrogen
fertilizers used on beans will reduce yield, as will shade.
Harvesting: Harvest when
the beans are plump and fleshy in the pod. To dry Lima beans
leave the plant in the ground until it turns yellow, then pull
them and hang in a dry area until the pods are bone dry.
Available Hybrids - Cultivars: From
Ferry Morse - Fordhook 75 days, From Burpee - Improved, Baby Fordhook, Geneva, Jackson
Wonder to name a few.