Vegetables Beans Lima Beans

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Bean Seed

Product ID: 49

An AAS winner more than 60 years ago and still the standard for lima beans.

Early bearing and delicious, this is the best large-seeded variety. White seeds. Bush bean. Avg. 430 seeds/lb. Packet: 50 seeds.


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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.
PACKET: 50 seeds, sows 13'.

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Quick Facts


Latin Name

Phaseolus lunatus

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

85 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Product Features

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners AAS (All-America Selections) Winners
All-America Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new, never-before-sold crop varieties, and then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners.

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners