Google Plant Images|
( Saba Lima Bean )
|'Saba' is an heirloom variety. It grows on vigorous, 10 to 12 foot long vines which produce many 3 inch pods that contain 3 seeds each. These are not so good as shelly peas, but excellent when dried and reconstituted for soups. It was thought for a time that this bean might be indigenous, but more probable that it is an introduction from Jamaica before 1700.
Lima beans are an ancient group of beans which grow well in southern climates with warm summers. They can be grown as bushes, or vines, depending on the cultivar. Climbing varieties need at least 80 days for maturity, but the bush varieties tend to mature faster.
Seeds need at least 65 degree Farenheit soil to germinate. Soil should be well drained, sandy loam. If your soil is heavy, these beans will be best reared in raised beds. Soil should be neutral, or slightly acidic. Sow in late spring, 2 weeks after the last frost. Seeds should be 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart, rows 3 feet apart. Climbing types will need stakes or trellises.
Watering will increase the yield, and is especially beneficial when the plants are in bloom. Don't apply too much nitrogen or you will get all vine and no fruit.
Important Info : Also known as 'Carolina', 'Carolina Sewee', 'Sivy', or 'West Indian'.
How to Grow this Plant:
Where can you buy this plant: click here!