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Bean Seeds (Bush Lima) - Fordhook 242 HEIRLOOM - AAS WINNER

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  • Classic Lima Bean
  • Great for canning and freezing
  • Prefers full sun exposure

Product Description

Grow Heirloom Beans - Plant Fordhook 242 Bean Seeds

An All-America Selections winner, Fordhook 242 is the classic lima bean available today. A huge yielder, enjoy Fordhook 242 Lima Beans fresh, canned, or frozen.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Bean Seeds (Bush Lima) - Fordhook 242
    Botanical Name:Phaseolus lunatus
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Warm Season
    Plant Type:Determinate, Bush, Shell Bean, Lima Bean, Compact Upright Habit
    Features:Heirloom, AAS (All-American Selections) Winners, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Container Garden
    Fruit Size:4 inches Long, 3-5 Large Beans Per Pod
    Days to Maturity:75 Days
    Plant Height:18 inches
    Plant Spacing:4-6 inches
    Planting Depth:1 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow
    Cold Stratification:No
    Seeds per Pound:1, 300
    Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    How to Grow Fordhook 242 Beans

    When to Plant Bean Seeds

    They should be directly seeded in the spring when soil reaches 65-75F (18-24C), and there is no longer a risk for a frost. Bush beans are determinate, meaning they grow to a certain size, about 2’ tall, blossom, turn out a single harvest of beans and then die. If you want a large crop to be ready almost all at once for canning or freezing, sow all of the seeds at the same time. If you want a higher, continuous yield throughout the season, you can have a succession of plantings with increments of 10 days, for example.

    Where to Plant Bean Seeds

    Bush beans are very simple to grow; they do well in most gardens and in most soil types.

    How to Plant Bean Seeds

    Prepare the beds by amending with compost and organic material so that you have loose, well-drained soil. Beans grow best in temperatures between 50-85F, in full sun. Sow your bush beans 1 inch deep and 4-6” apart, with rows 18-24” apart.

    How to Harvest Beans

    Harvest bush beans 50-60 days after sowing when pods are about 3” - 5" long and before you see the outline of the beans inside. A mature bush bean feels smooth, firm and crisp. For use as dried beans, allow beans to dry on the vine for weeks after normal harvesting time. Pull the entire plant out from the soil and shell beans over a large table or tray.

    If you are growing bush beans for multiple years in a row, rotate your planting area yearly. This will help prevent any soil-borne diseases from killing the beans as seedlings.

    Download Printable Planting Guide

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