50 Seeds per pack
(a.k.a. Henderson’s Baby Lima, Henderson’s Dwarf, and Earliest Bush Lima) (Phaseolus lunatus) 60-75 days. Shell or Dry Bean Henderson’s Bush Heirloom Lima Bean is one of the most famous lima beans, introduced in 1888 by Peter Henderson & Co. Henderson’s Bush is an excellent baby lima, smooth and with delicate, buttery flavor. Found on a Virginia roadside by a soldier returning from the Civil War, it was grown by a local market gardener and passed along to T. W. Woods & Sons, who grew it for two years and then sold the whole stock to Peter Henderson & Company in 1887. Henderson’s Bush Heirloom Lima Beans are dwarf bush and can be grown like any other bush bean, setting forth 2½-3½” long pods, bearing 3-4 small green seeds each that dry to a lovely creamy-white. Very productive, bears reliably until the first frosts hit. Great for cooking, canning, freezing, or drying.
Planting Instructions for Henderson’s Bush Heirloom Lima Bean Seeds
Sow Heirloom / Open Pollinated Henderson’s Bush Heirloom 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. 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 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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