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Fordhook 242 Lima Bean Seeds

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Fordhook 242 Lima Beans
SKU: BN65-25
Country Of Origin: USA USA
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Your price: $2.75
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1945 All-America Selections Winner! 75 days. Phaseolus lunatus. Open Pollinated. Fordhook 242 Lima Bean. The plant produces good yields of 4" long lima beans. This flavorful variety has 3 to 4 seeds per pod and is easy to shell. Excellent canning and freezing variety. Also known as Fordhook Bush 242 Lima Beans. An excellent choice for home gardens and market growers. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 549464. A variety from the USA.

Lot No: 20005

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 05/24

Seeds Per Pound: 1,600

Plant Height: 20” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Lima Bean Seeds Phaseolus lunatus

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1 to 1 1/2"above 65 F 5 to 8 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 4 to 8"30" 4 to 8"65 - 85 days

Lima Bean Seed Planting Information:

Lima beans are both bush and pole. The difference is that bush varieties grow faster, but pole varieties yield more and for a longer period of time. They are not cold hardy plants. Do not plant until soil is warm. Lima beans have a harder time sprouting than other beans. Plant your Lima bean seeds outdoors directly in the soil, 14 days after your last frost date, and when night time temperatures are 75 F. For a quicker start, you can soak your seeds 1 to 4 hours in warm water. If you soak the seeds too long, they will split or rot and will not germinate! Lima beans do not like soil that is too moist and require lots of room in the garden. Plants can grow 1 to 9 ft tall.

Warning: Do not plant in cold wet soil or you may experience poor germination!

Soil Requirements:

Requires rich fertile soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply much and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant.

Water Requirements:

Beans do not like soil that is too moist. Water during dry and hot spells.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Periodically apply Miracle Gro.

Harvest Tips:

Pinch or cut the pods off carefully to avoid damaging the plant. Pick every few days for tender beans. Frequent harvesting also encourages plant to produce more pods.

Beans (Lima & Butter)
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Minimum Outdoor Soil Temperature: above 70 F
Start Indoors Transplant Start Outdoors Start Indoors Fall Transplant Fall Start Outdoors Fall Multiple Crops
Seed Depth: 1 to 1 ½“
Days to Germination: 5 to 8 days
Plant Spacing: 4 to 8”
Row Spacing: 30”
Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

Days to Harvest after Planting Outdoors: 65 to 85 days

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 to 11

Use Miracle-Gro© Seed Starting Mix for best germination results.

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Guest | 4/3/2010 8:22 AM
Our Fordhook 242 Lima beans, which we grew 2 years in a row, are super! They have very large, tasty beans. Great!
The Goldbergs, Louisville, KY
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