Phaseolus lunatus (103 days) Open-pollinated. U.P. Hedrick in 1931 in The Vegetables of New York called it “the hardiest of all bush limas, very productive.” In his 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From, William Woys Weaver highly praised Jackson Wonder for baby pods that are so tender they can be cooked like snow peas, and mature beans so handsome they make a stunning bead necklace. Introduced in 1888, Atlanta farmer Thomas Jackson’s drought-tolerant variety created a sensation for its productivity, even though it stands only 18" tall. Jackson Wonder features about 3 seeds per curved 3"pod, grey in the shell stage and drying to buff with lovely purple and black mottling, as succulent as they are decorative. Its sweet-smelling white flowers attract butterflies. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
324 Jackson Wonder
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About 65 seeds/oz.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Originally from Peru where they were cultivated 4,000 years ago by the Lima culture.
Culture: Lima beans require more heat than bush beans and are indifferent performers in cold wet summers. Minimum soil temperature 60°, optimal range 70–85°. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Plant as other bush or pole beans. Bush limas can be prone to twining (developing viny tendrils). Harvest at shelling stage when beans bulge in fading pliable pods, before pods start to dry out. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases.
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