BEAN, Lima – Henderson’s (BUSH)

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Geography/History:
Introduced by Perter Henderson & Company in 1889.  When released it was called “Henderson’s New Bush Lima Bean”. This is one buttery flavored baby lima bean.  The bush is very erect, reliable and produces 3-4 beans per pod.  Continues to set until first frost.”The Bush Lima produces a continuous crop from the time it comes into bearing (it is fit for the table in the latitude of New York by the middle of July) until frost, and being enormously productive, a very small patch will keep a family supplied with this splendid vegetable throughout the season.”

Nutritional Value:
Beans are low in calories and a good source of fiber and calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A & C.The nutritional profile of mature dried beans is very different from that of green beans. Green beans are a good source of carbohydrates. They are a moderate source of protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin C and beta carotene. The beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. Green beans also contain small amounts of calcium and other trace nutrients.
Sun: Full Sun
Spacing: 4-6″
Height: 24-36 in
Days To Maturity:  50 – 65 Sowing
Method: Outdoor

Planting/Growing Tips:
To germinate properly, lima beans need warmer soil than snap beans. They also need higher temperatures and a longer growing season for a good crop. Lima bean seeds require soil temperatures of at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of five days to germinate. They should be planted two weeks after the average date of the last frost. Plant bush beans every two weeks to extend the harvest, or start with bush beans and follow up with pole varieties. Plant seeds directly in the garden, an inch deep. For bush beans, plant the seeds 2 inches apart in single rows or wide rows. Seeds of pole beans should be planted four to six inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart. Or, plant them in inverted hills, five or six seeds to a hill, with 30 inches of space around each hill. For pole bean varieties, set the trellis at the time of planting to avoid disturbing the roots. The lima bean seed sometimes has trouble pushing through the soil, although this should not happen if the soil is well worked.

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