Fresh lima beans are unusually sweet, tender and flavorful. Lima bean plants ripen from late summer to frost. Pole limas produce the largest beans, extremely tender, meaty and delicious. Bush lima are the easiest to grow, since they don't need support.
Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost, spring to early summer. In rows 18-30" apart, Sow seeds about 3" apart and cover with 2" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
Thin to stand about 6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Lima beans generally require warmer temperatures than snap beans. Bush limas mature in 70-80 days. Pole limas mature in 75-90 days.
Fresh limas are unusually sweet, tender and flavorful. Limas ripen from late summer to early frost. Pick when pods are full and plump; or let pods mature, cut plants and dry well, then shell beans for later use. Limas and other shell beans are shelled and cooked, and they can also be baked.