CHRISTMAS LIMA BEAN dates back to the 1840's. Also known as Chestnut Bean, because of its meaty, chestnut flavor. A beautiful large quarter-size flat white seed with maroon spots and swirls. Can be used as a green shell lima or dry. Rich flavor with heavy yields. Delicious in salads or stews or on its own. So beautiful, it has even been used in jewelry. The vigorous plants bear even during extreme heat. Pole habit. 75-100 days. 25 seeds.
GROWING TIP: All beans and peas are legumes and benefit from "inoculating" with rhizobacteria. These bacteria do the work of taking gaseous nitrogen from the air and "fixing" or concentrating it in pink root nodules which then slough off, adding nitrogen to the soil in a form other plants can take up as a nutrient. Inoculating your beans and peas will increase germination, and the health of your plants, helping them growing large roots and thus healthier plants. Growing pole beans with corn provides an extra shot of nitrogen to the corn, a wonderful natural symbiotic relationship that the Native Americans understood very well. You will see a big difference in overall results. Healthy legumes should also be turned under the soil when production ends as they are excellent green manure for your next crops.