The Q&A Archives: No Beans

Question: I planted Burpee Pole Lima Beans (1998 lot 10). They have lots of blooms but not one bean! Why?

Answer: Lima beans are very sensitive to cool weather, and pole types can take from 90-130 days to mature. If the plants are flowering, they should begin to set beans. It's possible they just haven't gotten enough of the dry, hot weather they crave. Give them another 4-6 weeks of summer weather and you should be able to harvest lots of limas. Next year, try to plant them out sooner, or try the bush-type limas that mature in 60-75 days. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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