All about… Henderson Bush, Lima Bean

Henderson Bush, Lima Bean

• 67 days.
• Bush growth habit
• Package contains approximately 65 Henderson Bush Lima Bean Seeds.
• Germination: 5 to 8 days at 70 to 85 F. Plant seeds 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep with 4-8 inches between plants and 18 to 24 inches between rows.

Henderson Bush Lima Bean plants are tall and bushy and are very productive, all the way up to the first frost. The pods this plant produces are plump and contain 3 or 4 smooth, buttery lima beans in each. Freeze, can, or dry these beans for later use.

Beans are a popular plant for home gardeners, and it’s easy to see why—they aren’t difficult to grow and they produce large harvests. Bush and pole bean varieties differ in the amount of room needed in the garden. Pole beans can climb upwards to save space when grown up a trellis or other support, while bush beans take up a bit more space in rows on the ground.

Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:

Direct sow bush bean seeds in well-drained soil, after the risk of frost is over. Choose a sunny location and plant the seeds in rows. The plants in these rows will help support each other as they grow. If planted in a windy area, bush beans may benefit from added support. Bush bean plants usually grow between 1-2’ tall.

To harvest green beans, pick pods when they are young and tender—before seeds inside fully develop. If you want to harvest dry bean seeds, you can allow them to mature and dry on the plant before picking.

Recipes/How to Use:

Beans can be used in many ways, both green and dry. They are great in soups, salads, casseroles, and more.

Easy Succotash

2 C. lima beans, fresh or frozen
2 C. corn, fresh or frozen
1 bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
3-5 pieces of bacon
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
-Fry bacon pieces until cooked. Remove bacon and set aside.
-Add onion and sautee for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the lima beans, corn, and pepper. Cook until heated through.
-Slice the bacon strips into small pieces and add to the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then mix together.

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