Climbing Bean- Madagascar

Phaseolus limensis Open Pollinated

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  • Perennial climbing bean
  • Large white seeds speckled with maroon
  • Also known as 'Tropical lima bean'

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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'Climbing Bean- Madagascar' seeds

Phaseolus limensis

Synonyms: Phaseolus lunatas

  • Perennial climbing bean
  • Large white seeds speckled with maroon
  • Also known as 'Tropical lima bean'

A vigorous climbing lima bean native to Peru, perennial in warm climates (usually grown as an annual in cold climates) and growing to 2m on a trellis. Plants have broad green leaves in clusters of three and produce small pods each containing 1-3 large seeds. The seeds are white when fresh and marked with decorative brown to maroon speckles when dried. Young pods can be steamed, though they are fibrous, and fresh seeds can be peeled and eaten raw or steamed in a similar way to broad beans. Mature seeds harvested when the pods are dry can be stored then soaked overnight and added to soups and casseroles. They can also be used to make tempeh.

Suited to hot, humid climates where vines will die back in winter. Vines become more productive over time. Also known as 'Tropical Lima Bean', 'Seven Year Lima Bean' and 'Christmas Lima'.

Seeds per gram: 1
Product code: I2-05

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Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 30mm
Season Spring
Germination 7-14 days @ 6-24°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost Tender Perennial (grown as an annual in cool climates)
Row Spacing 80cm
Plant Spacing 60cm
Plant Height 200cm
Position Full sun, moist soil
Days Until Maturity 80-105 days

*Notes: Requires a strong trellis.

How To Grow



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