Sieva Carolina Lima Pole Bean - Packet

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“Sieva Carolina Pole Bean can’t be topped by any bean, any way” …according to Thomas Jefferson who claimed this a personal favorite. The iconic rustic pole teepees that grace Monticello can now be yours, when you grow this heirloom butter bean. Circa 1882, according to our historical catalogs, considered the most vigorous and productive of all the Limas.
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The Landreth's catalog from 1882 described the Carolina Butter Bean variety as one that "offers greater probability of satisfactory return for labor expended than the most-tender lima." In other words, you get a lot of savory lima beans without putting forth much effort. They were also a favorite of Thomas Jefferson's, who grew them in his expansive garden at Monticello. Carolina Butter Bean lima pole beans, also known as Sieva, will produce quite a generous crop again and again, bearing countless green pods about 3 inches in length with several creamy white, delicately flavored beans inside. You can also stagger sowings every two weeks throughout the season for successive crops. Pole beans grow as vines that can reach 10 feet in height or more, so establishing a trellis or other structure for support is essential. This takes a bit more work in the beginning than planting bush bean varieties, but pole beans are often preferred because they tend to have better flavor, they take up less space, and the upright style of harvesting is definitely easier.
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Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
0.82 oz
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 60 seeds per packet
Botanical Name
Phaseolus lunatus
How To Grow
Direct sow
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Planting Depth
1 inch
Seed Spacing
2-4 inches
Row Spacing
24-36 inches
Space After Thinning
12-24 inches
Days To Germinate
7-14 days
Days To Maturity
Growth Rate
Growth Habit
Seed Life Cycle
Additional Information
Landreth's Original, Introduced in 1866
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