Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Lima beans were a hot-weather favorite of Thomas Jefferson, who sowed them yearly from 1809-1824. Monticello's gardener, Robert Bailey, saved seed of White Carolina beans in 1794. Also known as Sieva, this variety is small and delicately-flavored. Originally from South America and grown by Virginia native tribes, lima beans were also called "bushel", "sugar", or "butter" beans in the 1700's. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
After the soil has warmed in late spring, plant seeds in hills of fertile, well-prepared garden loam and provide at least 8' of support for the vines with poles, trellises, or fences. Harvest pods when plump. Approximately 15 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1"||2-4' apart; rows 3-4'||65-80||8-10'H|
Image courtesy of Terri Keffert.