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PlantFiles: Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus 'King of the Garden'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: King of the Garden

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Pitcom On Jun 4, 2014, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

For me, this has been one tricky bean and one in which I am still trying to figure out. I usually set out seed in mid-May and have yet to harvest anything sooner than mid September. The largest crop usually comes right before Halloween. The plant grows wonderful and will easily cover an 8' tall arbor. This is the single most delicious fresh bean I have ever grown. The texture is nothing short of the creamiest mashed potatoes you can imagine. The flavor is out of this world and very "buttery". However, I have never gotten the huge crops and early yield this bean is supposed to be capable of. By the time i get the largest set of pods, frost is right around the corner.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 8, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This an old time pole lima which dates back into the 19th century. It is still, in my opinion, the best of the giant limas. Vines are vigorous and productive. Pods usually exceed 6 inches in lenght and contain 5 or 6 large white limas. While I personnaly prefer butterbeans (baby limas) for eating, King of the garden is an excellent choice when a large lima is desired.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Junction City, Kansas
Aurora, Missouri
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
Avondale, Pennsylvania
Eighty Four, Pennsylvania
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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