I had already lost interest in the limas by the time the rain stopped. I never gave them a thought. But after a couple weeks I did notice that the vines looked dry and started dropping leaves. Why waste good water on non-producing vines, I thought to myself. Plus, a friend gratefully gave me a few dozen fresh beans so that I could plant them down at the seed farm, where I hoped they would do better.
By the end of the dry five weeks, the plants looked pathetic, mere shadows of their former lush selves......
Then the rains returned and the vines started sprouting fresh growth.
Today I finally got around to those vines. I figured I'd cut them way back and let them regrow and see what happens. Would the vines continue to live? Or since it is wintertime, would they die off?
Surprise! I found some pods....with beans! Not many, about four dozen pods. But they definitely have beans in them, ranging from 1 to 3 per pod.
Carefully opening up one, I discovered a mature limas. Wow!
Soooo, limas will indeed grow here. But obviously I've got problems. Now I need to figure things out and find out how to actually grow these buggahs.
Questions to mull over...
,..was there too much rain?
...do they need dry to set pods?
...did a pollinator move in during the dry spell?
...was there too much lush growth?
...is the soil fertility off?
...was the lack of daily sunshine a factor?
...the tradewinds had returned. Was that a factor affecting pollination?
...was stressing the plants a factor?
...am I missing something?