About King of the Garden Bean: This pole lima bean came from the efforts and research of Frank Platt, who developed it for 6-seeded pods and tall vines. Ever since, gardeners have appreciated this bean for its sweet, creamy flavor and dependable growth.
King of the Garden Bean Germination: Because lima beans cannot survive cold weather, plant them well after the last frost; the soil temperature should be at least 70 degrees. Place the seeds 2" deep and 10" apart in rows 30-36" apart, allowing them to grow on a trellis or other vertical support as soon as they emerge from the soil. If using a teepee structure, plant them in groups of 5-6 plants per pole. The soil should be enriched with compost or other organic matter, and deeply worked; lima beans appreciate full sun. Germination may be slow.
Growing King of the Garden Bean Seeds: Keep the soil moist to ensure healthy plants and a productive crop, taking care not to disturb the blossoms as they form. Mulch helps conserve moisture, control weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
Harvesting King of the Garden Bean: The first harvest should be approximately 85-90 days after germination. Pick the beans when the pod begins to fill out and feels firm. Generally, the smaller the bean the more tender it will taste. Prompt picking actually increases the harvest, while leaving the pods on the plant too long results in tough beans.
Saving King of the Garden Bean Seeds: Near the end of the growing season, allow the beans to dry completely on the vine; the pods will be light brown, and the seeds will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pods. After the seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
Detailed King of the Garden Bean Info: Phaseolus vulgaris. Annual. 90 days. 70 seeds per oz. 96-120" height. Produces 5-7" pods with 4-6 large white lima beans each.