White Dixie Butterpea is a Lima bean variety that is highly-productive and thrives in warmer climates. Plants have a bush growing habit and will reach 20″ tall. White Dixie Butterpea pods are 2-3″ long and each pod includes 3-4 rounded white beans per pod. These beans have a delicate, gourmet flavor that is unrivaled among other Lima bean varieties. When picked young, they have a succulent flavor. They’re excellent when boiled with a little ham hock or bacon fat, but also make a great addition to any hearty soup recipe. Plants will produce until the first frost date in fall. This butterpea variety is great when eaten fresh, but also preserves well. Preserve these buttery peas by pressure canning or blanching and freezing in bags.
Beans should be planted in spring after the last frost has occurred. Beans will germinate best once soil temps have reached 65 F or higher. Optimal germination temperature is around 77 F. Seeds can require 8 to 16 days to germinate, depending on the soil temperature. For continual production, succession plant every couple of weeks throughout the spring and early summer. Plants will drop blooms or cease production in the heat of summer. Subsequent succession plantings may be made in late summer/fall, as long as enough time is permitted before the first frost date.
Direct seeding is recommended. White Dixie Butterpea can be easily planted with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We suggest using the #6 plate and modifying the hole size to fit the variety being planted. Beans can be planted relatively thick along the row and thinned to the desired spacing. To maximize garden space, consider using a double-row spacing. For double-row spacing, rows may be planted as close as 6″ apart with 3′ spacing between double rows. For single row spacing, 2′ to 3′ spacing is recommended.
White Dixie Butterpea Planting Information
Planting Method: direct sow
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 3-4″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: None