Belonging to the Phaseolus genus, Lima bean has a botanical name of Phaseolus lunatus.
A vigorous climbing tropical lima bean, which will last for many years in the ground. It is excellent at coping with wet, humid conditions. There is usually little pod production in the first year but it is prolific after that. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types.
Madagascar bean needs a sturdy trellis as it grows vigorously. This is an excellent hardy bean for warmer climates as it dies backs and re-shoots every year. The beans (not the pods) can be eaten fresh, while still white before any colour shows. They also dry well on the vine to a beautiful speckled red and white bean that can be stored for winter soups and casseroles.
The seeds are an attractive white with burgundy speckles. The shelled beans can be used fresh or dried in soups and stews. The dried beans can also be used to make tempeh. The sprouted seeds are used as a vegetable in Chinese cooking. The young pods are steamed and eaten. The young leaves can also be steamed and eaten but have a bitter flavour.
It is an edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Lima bean is known for its climber-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (9.75 feet).
Source: Green Harvest
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Lima bean is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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These plants have been known to grow well alongside Lima bean so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Lima bean so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Lima bean plants:
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11 Dec 2011
I planted them, basically ignored them, and ended up getting about double the number of dried beans harvested as I planted. The local insects really seemed to enjoy eating the leaves, and this seems to have saved some of my nearby tomato plants. All in
27 Oct 2011
Will definitely have to plant more intensively or more than 1 row (5’) next year. Harvested plenty of seeds to plant and share, but not enough to cook with.
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