Experienced Pole Lima Growers Needed to Test New Variety

Emmalea Ernest, Scientist – Vegetable Crops and Co-Ag Program Leader; emmalea@udel.edu

A new pole lima bean variety (DP1600203) developed at the University of Delaware is available for testing in 2023. Growers who would like to assist with testing are asked to report yield data for the trial variety and for an adjacent identical row-length of their standard variety.

If you save your own pole lima bean seed, the trial variety should be grown in a different area from your seed production plants. Otherwise outcrossing can occur and your own pole lima strain will not grow true from seed.

A limited amount of seed is available. Each trial participant will receive 10 seeds. If you would like to be considered for the trial, please fill out this online form: https://forms.gle/4dphkHys9mzTUUMg8

Trial Variety DP1600203

The trial variety DP1600203 (it will get a better name if it is officially released) produces large green seed. Succulent seeds are slightly smaller than those of Dr. Martin and slightly larger than those of Big Mama. DP1600203 produced higher yields than Dr. Martin and Big Mama in trials conducted in 2021 and 2022.

pods and seeds of pole lima varieties