Sieva Carolina Lima Pole Bean - Packet

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Also called Sieva, Carolina Butter Beans have been a favorite variety of lima beans since the 19th century. Thomas Jefferson even grew them! Excellent flavor, quick bearing, and cold resistant, they're an easy pole variety and an extremely generous yielder. 65-80 days.
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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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Seed Life Cycle
Row Spacing
24-36 inches
Seed Spacing
2-4 inches
Planting Depth
1 inch
Item Package Size
Space After Thinning
12-24 inches
Days To Maturity
Days To Germinate
7-14 days
Botanical Name
Phaseolus lunatus
Additional Information
Introduced in 1866
How To Grow