They're also known as Carolina Limas. Apparently there's been a crop failure the past two years running, and I'm having no luck finding a source. Does anyone have enough to share, or know where I might find some?
Send me a PM with your address, I've still got a little left from my last grow out in 2010. The shortage last year pretty much cleaned me out, though. Wish I could grow a seed crop of "Sieva" this year, but I have a couple older heirloom limas (last grown in 2007 & 2008) that are in greater need of renewal.
Now, if you want to grow the mottled version of "Sieva", I've got pounds of it. Same vigorous pole habit, with slightly smaller seeds with black or light purple mottling, and nearly as heavy a yield.
Sorry Drakk, I already sent out everything I could. I grow Violet's every colored Butter Beans. I'll plant out the rest of what I have, and send you some when they are done.
Thank you. Zeedman is sending what he can; if I just get a seed increase this year and a full growout next then so be it. It was a neighbor who first asked me to look for them, after she looked and looked, then ordered a couple of 15 count packs that showed up with only 10 and 12 seeds, which also looked old and somewhat damaged in the mail. After hearing her talk about them, then reading some reviews, I want to try them myself!
Funny you mention Violet's. That's the other one I'm planning to grow this year. I never got around to ordering extra from Baker Creek, but circumspice sent me enough for a small trial and an increase.
I believe these are tall growing, as the instructions say to supply 8' poles to support them. They seem to have them in stock.
I saw that one, but wasn't able to get the page to load at first. It came up when I tried a different web browser. I may try them, but since they're only selling 15 count packets I'm going to check with my neighbor first and make sure that's not who she ordered hers from. Thanks!
Drahkk, your seeds are ready to go, I'll be sending about 50-60. Waiting for temps to stay above freezing before I send them, to minimize the chances of damage... which should happen in a day or two. When do you plant limas in your climate? And ideally, how much seed would you need?
50-60 is plenty. That will give me enough for my neighbor and I to each plant a couple of hills for a taste test and a seed increase. Soil temps are still a little low at the moment, but should be perfect in about 2 weeks.
Since you asked... my IDEAL planting for any type of peas/beans is enough to be able to fill up a couple of five gallon buckets at a single picking, so we can shell, blanch, and put up several quarts at a time. That generally means several hundred plants. But these are rare, and I don't mind doing a seed increase. Besides, my first growout of any new-to-my-garden variety is usually small, as our summers can get very hot and dry and I don't ask my b-i-l to plant long rows of anything on his land without testing their durability first myself. That noted, make sure you keep enough for yourself, as I can't promise they'll make it all the way to seed in my garden until I see it happen.