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Bean, Bush, Lima Fordhook 242

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Heat-resistant plants thrive in adverse conditions.

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All-America Selections winner. This Burpee bred bean is heat-resistant and thrives in adverse conditions. The heavy yields of 4" pods with 3-5 large beans each are excellent for freezing. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Bush varieties mature earlier than pole limas and don't need support. A 2 oz. seed packet will sow a 15-ft. row.
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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.

65 days

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

4 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.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

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Growing Pole and Bush Beans
Growing Pole and Bush Beans
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  • Beans

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

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 1 inch 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 6 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.
Bush Lima
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Bush, Lima Fordhook 242 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't think they were Fordhook 242 Lima Beans I planted what I thought were bush limas in my 2018 garden (the seed package label said "Lima Bean Fordhook 242." I planted them in mid-May. After they came up, they definitely grew like pole beans, vining everywhere. I had to add some poles with cord in the rows because they were reaching up so high. Eventually, they climbed over six feet high. They bloomed prolifically, but with two 15-foot rows of limas, I only harvested a cup of lima beans. I'd planted Burpee green beans next to the lima beans and they yielded about 45 pounds of green beans. It seemed odd that the green beans did so well, but I didn't harvest as many lima beans as I'd planted. In 2019, I intend to plant bush limas again, but I'm not going to purchase Fordhook 242 limas. I think someone made a mistake and packaged pole limas in the wrong seed package.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Help for Ford Hook Limas I planted ford hook bush lima beans and the feelers on them are so long they're falling over and trying to wrap around the feelers on the next row. Have I done something wrong? Should I put a fence up. Any help would be appreciated.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! These things are just awesome! You can plant a large number of them in a small space, they are very easy to grow. The produce GREAT beans. I've never had fresh lima beans before. I can't believe it! You can take them right off of the plant, open the pod and eat them right there. They are tender yet firm, perfect texture and sweet! I'll never cook them, (no need). Just warm if you want but they need no prep. I'm just snacking on them as well. Top notch product. Absolutely fantastic!
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardy Grower Put this bean in last year.My Doc Martin heirlooms are not doing so well in the getter hotter summers in south jersey.Thought I'd give these guys a try because I depend on freezing some crop.Slow and steady,these beans seemed to slow themselves down when it got too hot.I kept my eyes on and made sure they had water,all the sudden when the heat broke they came right back.The flavor is not near as good as my Doc Martins but it was decent and they Produced !
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fordhook lima heat resistance Living in Central Florida I had the opportunity to test the heat resistance of this bush lima last May. I found that it flowered during the hottenst part of the summer (90+ degrees in July) but did not produce beans. Luckily though the plants did still grow well and I left them in the garden. As soon as the nght time temps dropped some in the fall the plant began to produce. Lesson learned. Good sturdy plant, but cannot function as a summber crop in central Florida.. Need to plant in the spring or fall. I reordered and plan to plant it earlier this year.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fordhook No. 242 - Growing Fordhook 242 is an oldie but a goodie. Very consistent yielder. Will yield all summer until frost. Will grow well even in partial shade. Lima beans in general have a hard time germinating. Plant a few extra seeds and thin if you have too many.
Date published: 2009-03-28
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