75 Days to Maturity. This is a bush type plant. All American Winner. The famous Fordhook quality now with an improved strain which reliably sets blossoms and pods under adverse weather conditions. Will produce reliable yields of high quality, large seeded-limas with delicious flavor. 3-4 seeds per 4" pod. Vigorous plants. Fordhook 242 sets pods 3½ to 4 inches long, packed with 3 to 5 plump, succulent white seeds. Excellent for freezing or canning, these seeds are also fabulous for fresh eating, with a rich nutty flavor that everyone loves. Introduced in the 1940s, Fordhook continues to be America's favorite. It is faster to finish than most other lima beans by a week or more, and the quality of the crop is just incomparable. No wonder it won an All-America Selection award all those years ago, and is still going strong today. In the garden, space the plants 8 inches apart, and harvest when the pods are plump yet still fresh. After all the beans have been harvested, be sure to chop up the plant and plow it back into the soil. Beans are nitrogen-fixers in the soil, greatly improving the quality of your garden performance for next season. Also known as the 'Potato Lima'. Probably the most famous lima bean in the world - tender, juicy, and butter-sweet. Dwarf habit and great yields make it ideal for the small home gardener. Pods grow profusely in clusters and are set high off the ground at foliage level thus avoiding rot. Bears throughout the season until frost. Outstanding freezing bean.(Package 100 Seeds)
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Bush Bean Seeds
Bush beans include our favorites as they are listed above. Unlike Pole Beans, these are determinate, which means they grow to a certain size, blossom, produce the fruit and then stop growing. Because Bush Beans harvest will only last about 2 weeks, you can enjoy more if you make small individual plantings every 10 days or so.
Before setting out the plants, I would mix a 1-inch layer of compost and a light application of an organic or timed-release fertilizer into the soil. When given a little starter fertilizer and biologically active compost, beans usually need no further feeding. Once the bean seedling is in the ground and teams up with bacteria in the soil, beans will start to create their own nitrogen – which is the most important nutrient plants require to make strong new growth.
Rotation and Companion Planting for Bush Bean Seeds
Beans, may it be Bush type, Pole, Wax or any Green Beans are easy to grow in any warm, well-drained soil, but they must have warmth. Wait until after your last frost has passed to set out transplants, 8 to 10 inches apart ought to do it. A double row, in which 2 rows of plants are grown with 12 inches between the rows, will produce the highest yields of beans per square foot. For a steady bountiful harvest all summer, set out a second set of plants 3 to 4 weeks after your first planting.
USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date
Bean pods that dangle to the ground can rot, but mulch helps prevent this.
For your information, you will see the initials below after the name of our Beans. This guide is to inform you of the disease resistance or tolerance to common Bean problems.
Bean Disease Tolerance Codes:
Blanching and freezing are the easiest way to store your summer or fall crop of Bush Beans. You can blanch them in boiling water for 1 minute and then quickly cool them in ice water for about 20 minutes. This process will brighten and stabilize their color and flavor while preserving the crisp texture of the pods.
If you have just developed a new garden bed from areas that were previously covered with grass, this will often host a hidden danger for Beans, that is the cutworm. These earth-colored caterpillars are very active at night, and will often kill seedlings by cutting and eating their main stems, making them look almost dead. The easiest way to prevent the damage from a cutworm is to prevent the worm from getting to the plant to start with, do so by encircling each plant with a rigid "collar" as soon as it is transplanted. To make your homemade cutworm collars, cut an 8- to 10-ounce plastic cup or a similar size container into 3-inch-tall rings. Pop them around the plants, making sure you push them into the soil about an inch deep. I like this easy way to prevent cutworm damage, and that is to use small strips of aluminum foil to cover the base of each stem. After your Bush Beans or Snap Beans have been growing in your garden for a couple of weeks, their stems become so tough that cutworms can no longer damage them.
Slugs and snails like to make holes in bean leaves, and Japanese beetles like to eat the leaves as well. Slugs are easily trapped in shallow containers filled with beer or a mixture of sugar water and yeast, or you can treat the area with a slug bait approved for food gardens in order to bring serious infestations under control. Products that use iron phosphate as their active ingredient are considered organic. Use row covers to protect plants from Japanese beetles.