Phaseolus limensis


Lima Bean

Climbing or erect annual with broadly ovate leaves. White or yellowish pea flowers in racemes. Large thick-edged fruit pods producing large seeds that are an important food crop.


Harvest the fruit while still tender, 80-100 days after planting. Usually dried for use in soups and stews.


Sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures. Plant seeds singly, 10cm apart (3-4 inches) in most reasonable soils (Beans actually help improve poor soils for other crops). Do not plant alongside onions, garlic or related plants. Responds to regular feeding (NPK 1:2:2 is ideal). Best in soil pH of 6-7.5; avoid salt contaminated soil. Can suffer from mites, thrip, bean fly and viruses.


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Commercial Vegetable Growing course through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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