Alabama Blackeyed Butterbean (Phaseolus lunatus) in Virginia – 2020
Here's another bean I'm trialing this year. I have a soft spot for lima beans. I grow one, and only one, every year. I've found limas to be very promiscuous and cross readily, so I only grow one variety per year. I chose Alabama Blackeyed this year simply because of its' name. I LOVE blackeyed peas, so why not lol.
”A delicious Alabama heirloom butterbean. We received this seed from a customer whose family has passed the seeds down for many generations. This bean is quite vigorous and will need trellising. Does well in extreme heat and drought conditions. Technically a lima bean, this creamy white bean is traditionally grown in Alabama and referred to there as a butterbean.”
Seeds were planted on 6/03. Inoculant was not used, as beans have been grown in this soil in prior years. Germination was excellent – 11 out of 12 seeds, or 92%. (Note: I'm actually growing two trellises of Alabama Blackeyed Butterbean for seed saving purposes, but for this log I will only be documenting this one trellis as a representative sample.)
7/06 – Seeds were planted 6 inches apart. In hindsight, I'm not sure what I was thinking. I always plant limas 12 inches apart because of their profuse lateral branching. Oh well, we'll see how it goes. This is 30 days after planting.
Rick, this is wonderful information on this variety! I, too, grow only one lunatus variety in any given year, and for the same reason. I only have a couple plants of Calico Willow Leaf Pole Lima this year, and they are languishing, as they don't care for our weather conditions this year.
8/03 - Decided to pop down to the garden before Hurricane Isaias showed up. Was surprised at how this bean has exploded with flower spikes and PODS. Yep, ABB is setting pods like crazy, even though every day in July was above 90, except two. That's hot for these here parts. I should have no problem maturing seed for this bean. The one problem it's having is the Mexican Bean Beetle seems to really be attracted to it. I need to try and spray with either Neem or BT, but it's been raining for a week!