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King of the Garden Pole Lima Bean Seed

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(106 days) King of the Garden is a pole Lima bean that is an open-pollinated, non-GMO heirloom that's also known as Henderson’s Leviathan. 

Developed from a cross between Large White and Dreer by Frank S. Platt in 1883. Platt selected five- and six-seeded large, white pods so that King’s long 8" pods dependably produce at least 4 large creamy-white seeds of splendid quality over an extended harvest period.

Gregory called them the standard late pole lima and advised in his 1917 catalog that the plants are extremely vigorous so that “no more than two should be allowed to grow to a pole.” Indeed, the vines can grow 10' high on fertile ground! Caution: Not adapted to northern areas.

Small 50 seed per pack or 8 ounce Mylar pack. 91% germination.

Lima Beans

Phaseolus lunatus ~ Approx. 2 seeds/oz. Originally from Peru where they were cultivated 4,000 years ago by the Lima culture.

Culture: Lima beans require more heat than bush beans and are indifferent performers in cold wet summers. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. Harvest when the beans bulge inside their pods.