Lima Bean Seeds
Bursting with flavor, the pure white seeds of Dixie Butterpea lima beans combine meaty taste with succulent texture. Arising on vigorous, high-yielding plants, they are a delicious alternative to the classic Fordhook lima for rich flavor! Best picked young for extra-succulent flavor, Dixie Butterpea is a baby lima that grows on a bush-habit plant that reaches about 2 feet high and needs no support to hold up its big bounty of beans. The yields are very high of these mid-sized pods (about 2½ to 3 inches long), which each contain 3 to 4 white seeds. A gourmet treat! Bush lima beans produce earlier than pole varieties. Direct-sow the seeds in spring, after the soil has warmed, spacing the plants about 8 inches apart for dense coverage. Like all legumes, Dixie Butterpea is a nitrogen-fixing plant, so after harvest be sure to chop up the plant and plow it back into the soil. It will work wonders for next year’s crops!
How to Sow Beans:
- Innoculate with a nitrogen-fixing bacteria prior to sowing
- Seeds are best sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and when the soil is warm
- Seeds can also be sown indoors 3 weeks before planting them out in a warm soil
- Sow them in individual pots at a temperature of 70° and at the same depth as outdoors
- Indoors and out, expect germination in 6-10 days
- It is 8-10 weeks between sowing and fruit production
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Beans:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: Space bush varieties 2-3 inches apart in rows spaced 18-24 inches apart. Space pole varieties 6-8 inches apart in rows 36 inches apart
Soil: Site in full sun in a neutral, loose, rich, moist, well-drained soil. Feed with a 1-2-2 ratio fertilizer prior to planting and again when 6-8 inches tall
Additional Care: Bush Beans will mature faster than Pole Beans, so for a continuous crop, successively sow them every 2 weeks until 2 months before first frost. Pole Beans are more productive and need to be grown on a trellis, fence, tripod, or other structure
Appearance and Use:
Green, Snap, French, String, and Wax Beans are all produced by this vining or bushing, annual plant. Harvest when the beans are succulent, just before they are mature. Keep them picked to keep the plants producing. To dry beans, allow them to remain on the plant until they turn brown and begin to shatter
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