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Bean Seeds, King of the Garden Pole Lima Bean

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The King of the Garden Lima Bean Seeds is an Heirloom Pole Lima Butter Bean that was introduced in 1883. Producing a Superior Quality Lima compared to the bush type lima.  The King of the Garden Lima Bean is a Very Vigorous and Prolific Pole lima butter bean with vines that grow as tall as 10 feet and produce record yields of 8 inch pods  by 1-1/4 inches wide. The pods are filled with 5 to 6 Large, white, flat lima beans.   This Lima will continue to grow and produce up until frost if kept picked. Excellent variety for freezing.

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    • Botanical Name - Phaseolus lunatus
    • Treated - Yes
    • Bean Type - Shell
    • Pod Color - Straight, Flat, Smooth, Green
    • Seed Color - White or green
    • Germination Time - 6-18 Days
    • Days to Maturity - 88 Days
    • Maximum Height - 20-24 inches
    • Spread -  Upright (Pole)
    • Fruit / Blossom Size - 3-5 in Pods
    • Disease Resistant 
    • Breed - Self Pollinated
    • Germination Rate – 90%
    • Lifecycle – Annual
    • Watering – Average
    • Sow Method – Direct Sow or Transplant
    • Sow Depth 1 - 1.5  inch
    • Plant Spacing 2 inch
    • USDA Zones 3-11  

Common Problems

The bean mosaic diseases cause plants to turn a yellowish green and produce few or no pods. The leaves on infected plants are a mottled yellow and are usually irregularly shaped. The only satisfactory control for these diseases is to use mosaic-resistant bean varieties.

Bright yellow or brown spots on the leaves or water-soaked spots on the pods are signs of bacterial bean blight. Bacterial blight is best controlled by planting disease-free seed; avoiding contact with wet bean plants; and removing all bean debris from the garden. 


Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year. 

All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom.

This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.


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