85 to 90 days — 'Butterbean' soy plants are strong, grow fifteen to thirty inches tall, and are stocky. It is very prolific producing lots of pods each containing an average of three large, large, round, bright green beans each. 'Butterbean' was developed for fresh eating. The flavor is somewhat sweet tasting making them a good substitute for Lima beans when picked at the stage when the pods are filled and just begin to turn yellow. Excellent in succotash but when picked a bit earlier, a great choice for use as edamame. Our original seed source was soybean preservationist, Chris Martin (CO MA C). Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.
Sow seeds about one inch deep, three to four inches apart. Although you can plant in rows, they can be planted densely and allowed to form a canopy. This will help control weed growth. Soybeans are tolerant of drought and poor soil since they fix nitrogen. They will, however, benefit from fertile soil.
Soybean flowers are perfect (self-fertile) and cross pollination is almost non-existent, making saving seed easy. Allow pods to fully develop and dry on the plants.
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