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Bean, Lima, Burpee's Best Pole

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This bean beat all others in our taste tests!

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Like Fordhook bush lima, with higher yields and bigger pods. Superb fresh or frozen. Burpee Bred. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Pole limas yield much more heavily and longer than bush types. Big plants can get 12 ft. tall. Sow seeds 4-6" apart in full sun, thin seedlings to 1ft. apart. A packet (30 seeds) will plant a 30 ft. row; 1 lb., a 240 ft. row. Burpee's Best. 92 days.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Pole Lima

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

92 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-144 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because beans are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bush bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines such as squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days, when the pods start to dry on the plant.
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Pole Lima
Days To Maturity
92 days
Full Sun
18 inches
72-144 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Lima, Burpee's Best Pole is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor performance Very few beans. They flower, but don't produce. Want refund.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big Disappointment Lots of vines but nary a bean all season. No, I didn't use a large amount of fertilizer. However, the unseasonably hot and humid weather we've had here in northwest may have been the culprit. But I'll try again next year... I've always had good results with Burpee products so I'll keep them on my garden supply list.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Productivity I was somewhat disappointed in the amount of pole limas I harvested. Barely 3 meals for 2 people. I planted about 4" apart around a pole made for this purpose. The foliage was very thick. After calling you folks I cut off the runners, which were growing like weeds. The taste is great, although they are a pain to shell. Anyway, if I grow again I will plant 3 poles.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Burpee's best pole beans ? Usually I have a good experience with the seeds I purchase from Burpee's seeds, however I wasted my money with these seeds! not one seed sprouted!! Very disappointed in this purchase!
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bean, Lima, Durpee's Best Planted twice. Did not germinate either time.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lima I tried this lima. I was very surprised. This is a good disease resistant variety. I struggled with rust on my pole beans this year and had these planted near them. To my surprise they didn't were not affected by the rust. The foliage is very healthy and appears to have a good strong stem. I am just starting to see beans sprout. I will buy again!
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome old friend What a surprise to see this wonderful bean available again. We used this exclusivly for many years. However, we moved to a wooded area for about seven years and upon moving to sunlight we were unable to locate this seed. It has always produced excellant beans that easy to detect when ready to pick.
Date published: 2010-05-31
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