Alabama Black Eye Pole Lima Bean (90-100 Days)
An Heirloom Lima bean from Alabama, the Alabama Black Eye Pole Lima Bean has a vigorously climbing vine that is extremely productive and heat tolerant, producing small white beans with black eyes. Often referred to as a butterbean, use fresh or dried.
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 70-75ºF. Sow 2-3” apart. Planting in soil under 70ºF results in poor germination.
How much does a packet plant: 8-12 foot single row
Harvest: When beans are plump and fill out the pods
Tips: The Alabama Black Eye Pole Lima Bean needs to grow in higher temperatures than bush beans. Cool summer temperatures result in low yields. Grow in light, well-drained soil, and provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth.