Lima Beans

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  4. Lima Beans Have No Pods
  5. Does Lima Beans Need Fertilizer
  6. Ford Hook Lima Beans Fertilizer
  7. Lima and Green Beans
Asked by Anonymous on November 27, 2010
King of the Garden Pole Lima Beans

I am looking for king of the garden pole lima beans. Do you know where I can get them? –

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This company sells them:
Try doing a Goggle search for growers.
Call your local garden centers or greenhouses that sell seeds.
You can also check Ebay, they are often a good source of seeds and plants.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 4, 2010
Science Fair Project

I am currently doing a science fair project. The title is ‘Do vitamins have an effect on plant growth?’. My plant is lima beans. I would like to know what vitamin will have the biggest effect on lima beans?

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roseman

The information I have read on this subject states that vitamin C appears to have an impact. The amount could be a subject for your project. Give each of say 5 different lima bean plants different doses of vitamin C to see which dose provides maximum benefit. Too heavy a dose will lead to death of the plant I am sure. For years I had heard of the benefits of vitamin B-1, however in the last 5 years I have read some articles that say it has no real noticable benefit to the plants. I personally have seen the strong effects that a product called Super Thrive has on plant growth. Not sure what all vitamins are in it as that seems to be a closely held secret.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 11, 2010
Prolific Lima Bean Growth-Few Beans

For years we’ve tried to grow limas of different types. We do pole beans and get what looks like terrific plants, approximately 7 feet high. They run sideways until hardly any light can get through them. Bugs don’t seem to be a problem (Our half-runner beans do about the same except that we get more beans, but they aren’t prolific. ). Yet, we get very few beans.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like you may have a high nitrogen problem. High nitrogen will produce big plants, but few seeds/pods. Have your soil tested and cut back on nitrogen while increasing phosphorus. The phosphorus will help bring the plants back into balance so they can fruit.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 31, 2010
Lima Beans Have No Pods

I have lima beans on poles with hundreds and hundreds of flowers but not even one pod. Please help me to resolve this problem.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like it may be a pollination problem. If pollinators can't get to the blossoms, there will be no fruit. Common causes of pollinators not being able to get to flowers include pesticides, heavy rain or very hot weather. This article will help explain more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

And this one will help with getting pollinators to your yard: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm

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Asked by jeanette on March 8, 2011
Does Lima Beans Need Fertilizer

How much fertilizer do Henderson butter beans need? Also, do they need lime?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you have good soil, they don't need much fertilizer. A bit of balanced (e.g. 10-10-10) fertilizer will be fine. They do not need lime. Lime is sometimes used if the soil's pH is off, but the average vegetable garden does not have this problem.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 24, 2011
Ford Hook Lima Beans Fertilizer

What type of fertilizer is best for Ford Hook lima beans? We live in central Florida.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Fertilize with compost or an all-purpose fertilizer as a side dressing. However, avoid nitrogen rich fertilizers because lima beans do not require extra nitrogen.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/how-to-grow-lima-beans.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 29, 2011
Lima and Green Beans

Do you plant lima and green beans with eyes up or down?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It makes no difference which way you drop the seeds in the ground. They will grow. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/how-to-grow-lima-beans.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/tips-for-growing-beans.htm

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