Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Christmas Pole Bean Seed
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 is 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.