Most widely grown lima, old favorite with 4-6 seeds/pod, honey-like flavor
The most widely grown heirloom lima. Produces 4 to 7" long by 1-1/4" wide pods, containing 4 to 6 large creamy-white seeds with honey-like flavor. Vines grow to 9-1/2' and bear heavily over an extended season. An old favorite of excellent quality.
Introduced in 1883 by Frank Platt after selecting 5 and 6-seeded pods of 'Large White' pole lima.Fabaceae Phaseolus lunatus
King of the Garden
The Pole Lima Beans are vigorous plants, often growing to 10 feet or more and have larger seeds than the bush types. As a consequence they are more productive.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 88 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
- Very Tender
Beans like a warm, sunny spot. These tall plants are vulnerable to being blown over, so should be sheltered from high winds and supported on a stable and secure structure.
- Spring Transplant, Summer
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Beans like a warm, sunny spot. These tall plants are vulnerable to being blown over, so should be sheltered from high winds and supported on a stable and secure structure. Lima beans like an evenly moist soil that is well drained. Mulch to prevent weeds and minimize watering.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 90°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Limas need a warmer soil than snap beans. Lima Beans shouldn’t be planted out until all frost danger is past and the soil is warm (a minimum of 60˚F and preferably closer to 70 to 75˚F.) If planted in soil that is too cold they may rot, so wait until at least 4 weeks after the last frost date. If you want to plant them earlier, you could warm the soil with plastic mulch or cloches.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
Lima beans need a steady supply of water and may not set pods if the soil is too dry.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own. In fact, if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it. They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
They are sometimes planted after a crop that was heavily amended with aged manure, or after a winter cover crop. http://www.smartgardener.com/admin/categories/106-beans-lima/edit.
They dislike acid soil, so add lime if necessary. Avoid using green manures or nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
- High heat
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Tender and nutty. Honey-like flavor.