Grow Lima Beans in Containers

Bean-Seed-Fordhook-Lima-Bushheirloom-Organic-20-Seeds-Non-Gmo-Beans-0-1How to Grow Lima Beans in Containers. Tasty and versatile, lima beans are easy to grow in containers. The only drawback is their need for vertical space as they grow. The plants are vines and will need a support system of 3-5 feet to keep them growing strong. Porch or deck railing is a perfect source of support for the growing vines and one large container can provide you with plenty of fresh lima beans during the summer. Use these tips and grow lima beans and enjoy a bounty of delicious vegetables this summer.
Container Preparation
To grow lima beans at home, select a container that is at least 6 inches deep and 12 inches wide. A window sill planter, porch rail planter or recycledApex-Trellis-Planter-0-1 dish pan are the perfect size for growing a container crop of lima beans. Mix equal parts of potting soil and compost, then add 1/4 cup of a balanced, granulate fertilize (10-10-10) to the mixture. Ensure container has sufficient drainage holes (1-3) and place a coffee filter over each hole to prevent soil from  leaching out during watering. Place mixture into selected container, then water soil unto water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. Allow to sit for 2-3 days before planting seeds.
Planting
Bean-Seeds-BIG-MAMA-LIMA-Beans-Rare-Heirloom-Variety-10-Non-Treated-Seeds-0These are warm season vegetables and grow only when air temperature is above 60 degrees.
Use thumb to poke lima bean seeds around the perimeter of the container at 4 inch intervals. Poke seeds into the soil 2 inches deep. Cover with potting soil and water seeds in well. Place container in a location that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Keep soil moist and seeds will germinate in 5-10 days. For a continuous harvest during the summer, plant seeds in succession 2 weeks apart.
After Care
After germination, the plants will begin to vine and spread quickly. As soon as the plants are 6-8 inches tall, loosely tie them to the support system so the will grow in the desired direction. Also place a 2 inch layer of organic mulch on top of the soil at this time. Keep soil moist and train vines to wrap around support system. Lima beans are ready to harvest in 80-90 days after planting. Look for pods are no longer flat, but appear plump and full of beans.


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