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Sadie's Lima Bean

Phaseolus lunatus

Versatile Pennsylvania Dutch pole lima bean.

Exclusive release! This rare Pennsylvania Dutch pole lima came to us from Sadie Kriebel (1906-1998), a well-known personality and farmer at the Kutztown Folk Festival. Sadie grew these limas for chow-chow, as they are quite decorative when added to mixed vegetable pickles. If planted on Pennsylvania Dutch Bean Day (June 6th), the 8- to 10-foot vines will begin yielding small green limas by August. Use as a shelly bean or as a dry bean for baked beans and soups. Unlike many limas, this variety will tolerate cool weather.


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Beans are fun, fast-growing plants that take little care to perform well.

It makes sense to inoculate beans before sowing, which boosts the nitrogen levels of your garden soil with no work whatsoever. Inoculant is available at garden centers.

Sow bean seeds about three or four inches apart in the row around the third week of May. Plant in full sun, and provide a sturdy trellis for beans to climb, such as individual stakes, netting, or twine tied from a tall overhang and pinned to the ground. Will grow to 8' tall. Thinning is not necessary, but do keep the plants weeded, especially when young. Pole beans often bear for many weeks, continuing to set pods until frost.

Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 65 to 90 days
Planting Depth 1 inch
Spacing in Row 4 to 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 42 inches
Height at Maturity up to 120 inches
Sun Preference Full Sun

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