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Lima Bean, Jackson Wonder

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Prolific, cold-hardy heirloom with bright nutty flavor and distinctive coloring.

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Lovely and flavorful, Jackson Wonder was introduced in 1888, quickly becoming an American favorite. A rich chestnut color, speckled with maroon, the beans have a bright, nutty flavor. With a compact bush habit, the prolific plants only grow 18-24" tall, so harvesting is quick and easy. One cold-hardy lima bean, Jackson Wonder performs beautifully through the warmer parts of Zone 5 when other limas have given up.
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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.

Bush 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.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4-6 inches

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.

15-20 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

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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.
Type
Bush Lima
Days To Maturity
68 days
Fruit Size
4-6 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
15-20 inches
Height
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
6 inches
Lima Bean, Jackson Wonder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very tasty These are a really tasty lima bean. Smaller than a Ford Hook. They look just the the photo pictured on this website, but when you cook them, they look like any other lima. Interesting! They do have a mild nuttier taste.
Date published: 2015-08-02
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