Lima Beans – Fordhook 242


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25 Seeds per pack

(a.k.a. Mammoth Wonder Bush, Fordhook Improved, and Potato Lima) (Phaseolus lunatus) 70-75 days.     Shell or Dry Bean      This popular bush-type lima bean sports broad, thick 1-1¼” wide pods, 3½-4″ in length, with 3-4 large, thick, plump, oval, greenish-white seeds each, on 16-20″ plants. The Fordhook 242 Bush Heirloom Lima Bean is a wonderful butterbean, with a pleasing, nutty flavor. Good fresh, cooked, frozen, or dried. Won the All-American Selections (AAS) Award in 1945. Easy sheller. Good for the North or maritime conditions. Heat and drought resistant.

Planting Instructions for Fordhook 242 Bean Seeds

Sow Fordhook 242 Lima beans 1-2″ deep, 2-6″ apart, in rows 18-36″ apart, in full sun after danger of frost. Soaking bean seeds in water 1-2 hours before planting speeds germination. Fordhook 242 germination occurs in 4-16 days in soil 60-85°F. Provide support for heirloom pole bean varieties. For heirloom snap beans, harvest when beans are 3-6″ long. For Fordhook 242 dry beans, leave pods on plants until pods are dry, brown, and crisp, and beans are hard and rattle in pod, if more drying is needed when danger of frost has arrived, pick pods or pull entire plant and hang upside down to dry further.


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