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Christmas Pole Bean Seed

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Phaseolus limensis
Giant Speckled Christmas Lima Pole Bean (80 days)

A heavy yielder, easy to shell, and is a reliable producer in hot, humid areas.Christmas Limas are related to the lima bean, similar to the giant Peruvian Lima but plumper. This is a large bean with a maroon batik pattern over a creamy background.

The Christmas Lima may be referred to as a speckled lima or butter bean. The bean is 7/8 long and maintains its markings after cooking.  The bean's chestnut flavor combined with its festive coloring are the reason for the name Christmas Lima.

The Christmas Lima has a buttery flavor and creamy texture. The lima's crisp nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato.  Source of information: Gary Joseph

Lima beans, a popular garden item in many Southern areas, like warmer soils to germinate. But they often fail to set during extremely hot weather. They generally do well in most Southern gardens when planted in late summer or early fall and allowed to mature during cooler conditions.

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1.25" 60-150 70 7-10 24" 4-6" 24 lb. (fresh) Full

Planting Tips:

50-60 days for green, 100+ days for dry beans.  Some vines can reach 12’ long, so provide adequate support.  Not cold tolerant, beans need warm soil of 65 degrees or better.  Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield.  Grows best in full sun with well watered soil.  Boost yields and germination by adding inoculants.

Make sure to provide adequate support for these vigorous climbers!  A strong fence or twine hung on a strong pole will give them plenty of room to grow and good harvest yields.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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  • Author: Jessica G. Thompson
    This is what my Louisiana "mamaw" always planted and cooked, the best "butter bean" ever. She taught me most of my cooking skills but I'll never outdo her, especially these beans. They got fat and were easy to pick and shell, even for small kids. Delicious.

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