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Sieva Carolina Lima Bean

Phaseolus lunatus

Grown by: Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, PA

  • $5.00

Sieva Carolina Lima Bean was grown at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello before 1750. Small white seeds with great flavor, grow 3-4 per pod on tall vigorous vines.

Days to maturity: 65-80

Seeds per pack: 25

Germination rate: 92% on 12/21/23

Planting / harvesting notes

Plant in warm soil at least a couple weeks after the last danger of frost has passed. Sow directly in the ground at a depth of one inch, spaced every few inches in rows 12 inches apart. Thin to one plant every four to six inches.

Seed keeping notes

Lima beans are self-pollinating, though it is best to isolate different varieties of P. lunatus by at least 150 feet to avoid unwanted cross-pollination from flying insects. For seed saving, harvest the beans when their shells have become dried and crispy on the plants. Lay out the pods in a dry, sunny place to dry down further. Shell the beans and lay out the seeds in a well ventilated place away from direct sunlight for at least another few days to a week before storing for next year.

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