degauze's Journal: Lima Beans Worchester Indian Red Pole Phaseolus lunatus 16041

  • Member: degauze
  • Journal: Default
  • Category: Plants and Requirements: Beans, Pole
  • Status: Unknown

Initial Notes:

"The hardiest lima we offer. [Introduced in 1990 by SESE. Reported to be of Native American origin, pre-1868.] Produces medium-sized limas on heat and drought-resistant plants and is a prolific producer under adverse conditions. Seeds range in color from dull red to dull maroon-red. This variety still exhibits a wild trait: a few pods spring open (shatter) when the pods are completely dry."

Very easy to grow. These got no care after being planted in early June. By mid-August I'm getting tons of fresh limas and the plants are only mildly touched by the mildew that killed off my bush beans. Grow 8 to 10 feet tall. The photo shows one dried (shattered) pod and a container of green-harvested beans. The beans start off pale lima green and then mottle to pink. Dark red are fully mature.

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: lunatus (loo-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Worchester Indian Red Pole

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
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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