Lima Bean - Key Growing Information

The pods of this developing lima bean vine in our greenhouse will soon fill out and satisfy our cravings.


SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaseolus lunatus
CULTURE: Sow about 3" apart, 1" deep in rows 18-36" apart, after soil is at least 75°F (24°C).
HARVEST: Pick for fresh shelling when beans are plump and bulge inside pods.
NOTE: Limas require more heat than regular bush beans, and will bear poorly in a cool growing season. Optimal soil temperature for germination is around 85°F (29°C) and the optimal ambient temperature for growing plants is 70-80°F (21-27°C). Choose a warm, well-drained location.
AVG. SEEDING RATE: 1 lb./100', 10 lb./1,000', 145 lb./acre at 3' between rows.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 430.
PACKET: 50 seeds, sows 13'.