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Germination of

Phaseolus lunatus

Christmas Lima Beans, Lima Bean, Butter Bean

Phaseolus lunatus

Phaseolus lunatus: Phaseolus lunatus, or Lima Bean, seeds should be soaked in water overnight before sowing. Plant the soaked seeds about 1 inch deep in well-draining soil after the last frost date. Keep the soil evenly moist, and germination should occur within 7 to 14 days.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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