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Asked by
dennis adams on
June 23, 2016
84337 tremonton utah

Q. lima beans

Do blossoms have black spot on them? And some of new plant growth is turning black and goes crispy. I thought it was heat related but upon reading, they like to be hot to grow.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 25, 2016
Certified Expert
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This could be do to overwatering.
Try not to splash the leaves with water while watering, and watering in the late morning or early evening can give the plants time to dry.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/how-to-grow-lima-beans.htm
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/veg_fruit/hgic2200.html

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Asked by
Linda Bailey on
August 3, 2016
20112

Q. Lima beans

I have pole lima beans growing – beautiful vines and prolific blooms but no bean pods developing. Any advice?

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Alisma on
August 3, 2016
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Linda Bailey on
August 3, 2016
A.

Thanks. We've had a month of upper 90's daily so that may explain it. Hopefully when the heat subsides I'll get some soon. Maybe next year I should grow okra instead of limas.

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Asked by
nivram on
May 31, 2017
Harpers Ferry WV

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my beans are starting to look droopy and we have had a lot of rain – the leaves are turning inward

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 2, 2017
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If the soil isn't draining well and the roots sustain root rot, the plants may not survive.

You can try working the soil to help aerate the soil. A small garden hoe or even a hand garden rake to work the soil around the plants. Be careful not to go to deep or to close to the roots.

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Asked by
Cindy Silveous on
September 25, 2017
Washington CH Ohio 43160

Q. Vegetable garden topic

Why do we have a large bushy lima bean plant with large pods but very low production on the beans?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 25, 2017
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There are quite a few reasons why your beans lack fruit. Here is a link that describes the most common reasons. From here you will be able to further diagnose your plants.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/bean-blossoms-no-pods.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 16, 2017

Q. Lima Beans

I grew lima beans for the first time this year, and as I had to do a lot of traveling this summer for work, the garden has kind of gone by the wayside. There are a lot of healthy looking lima bean plans (and beans) out there, but can I just let them dry on the bush and shell them out when they are completely dry and rehydrate them like navy beans?
thanks…
Cindy

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can produce dry lima beans just as you've suggested. This article has a guide to growing dry beans (see page 2 for the lima bean advice):
https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vegetables/growing-dry-beans-and-peas-zm0z14amzsto?pageid=1#PageContent1

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Asked by
whiteroze4u2002 on
January 28, 2018
Searchlight, NV 89046

Q. Lima bean

I have a lima bean plant and not sure what to do with it, any special tips?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 29, 2018
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This will be a very easy plant to grow. This article will guide you on how to do this: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/how-to-grow-lima-beans.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 8, 2019

Q. About my Lima beans

For the first time I planted Lima beans in my garden and was very excited to harvest recently, I was terribly disappointed when I cooked it was so bitter I had to throw the whole casserole away. what caused it to be so bitter??

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 9, 2019
Certified Expert
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Lima beans can be a bit tricky. Overcooking causes them to turn bitter.

Also, be sure to cook fresh lima beans before consummption as they contain compounds that produce cyanide when crushed or chewed. Boiling releases the toxins.

Here is an article that will help you with the general care of Lima beans: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/how-to-grow-lima-beans.htm

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/families-health/nutrition/should-i-worry-about-cyanide-lima-beans

https://extension.purdue.edu/foodlink/food.php?food=lima%20bean

https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/sites/default/files/documents/BeansCookingChart.pdf

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