The King of the Garden Pole Lima Bean is bred as an improvement for both earliness and size. The vigorous climber has 4-6 large, creamy limas per pod. Produces over a long period—until frost. The 1936 James Vicks catalog states, “this standard pole bean is as popular as ever today”. Even then it was considered an old-timer.
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: 5-7 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 the King of the Garden Pole Lima Bean with nitrogen, which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth.