Henderson Bush Lima Bean (Heirloom 68 Days)
The Henderson Bush Lima Bean is the most common bush Lima. This is also the earliest and most prolific. It requires more space than bush green beans but is still remarkably compact. Yield is continuous until frost. Pods and beans are relatively small. Can be dried as well as shelled.
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Outside Sowing: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 75ºF. Sow 2-3” apart. Planting in soil under 70ºF results in poor germination.
How much does a packet plant: 15-20 foot single row
Harvest: When beans are plump and fill out the pods
Tips: Lima beans need to grow in higher temperatures than bush beans. Cool summer temperatures result in low yields. Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize Henderson Bush Lima Bean with nitrogen, which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth.