King of the Garden Lima Pole Bean Seeds- (Phaseolus lunatus)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 85-93 days
- Lima Pole
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
King of the Garden Lima Pole Bean
Introduced in 1883, this beloved heirloom garden favorite produces huge crops until stopped by frost, with clusters of 4-6" long flat medium-green pods having 4-6 large creamy-white seeds in each pod.
One of the largest Lima beans on the market, favorite of home gardeners and market growers.
Very vigorous plants need support with strong poles or good trellising, as they grow 8-10' tall. King of the Garden is also known as Henderson's Leviathan and Garden King.
Good for dry or canned beans.
For Snap Beans, wait until they are about pencil size, but harvest before the beans inside the pods become lumpy. Snap beans, are snapped, strings removed and eaten fresh or cooked.
For Fresh Shell Beans, let the seeds in the pods get good and fat. You shell/remove the green beans from the pod and they are eaten fresh or cooked.
For Dried Beans, let the pods get brown and dry on the plant. Pick them before they can split open and spread out to finish drying. Remove from dried pods and store. Dried beans are usually soaked and cooked.
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I live in the coastal area of San Diego, and 2013 was the first year I grew these kings in my garden. My goodness!! Talk about prolific! I have lima beans drying in batches all over my house -- although they are fabulously tasty shelly beans, we can only eat so many at a time! I planted approximately 20 seeds in early May, and experienced a 100% germination rate. I used a large, homemade, 9-legged tepee, so I did not have to thin any seedlings. The first flowers formed in early June, the first pods formed in early July, and I started to harvest by late August -- yes, lima beans require a long growing season. It is now the end of August, and flowers are still forming on these beautiful, leafy vines. A couple of observations: bees and wasps LOVE these flowers - there was no problem with pollination; my vines and pods were not bothered by any destructive insects or critters, and I do not use any type of deterrents; my vines were at least 12 feet tall -- they outgrew the tepee and twisted up the neighboring bottle bush tree; and my pods consistently produced two or three enormous beans. There will always be a space in my garden for these kings in the future. I highly recommend these seeds to any gardener experiencing at least a three- to four-month growing season.