Speck (Christmas) Lima Pole Beans

Speck (Christmas) Lima Pole Beans

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A heavy yielder, easy to shell, and is a reliable producer in hot, humid areas.Christmas Limas are related to the lima bean, similar to the giant Peruvian Lima but plumper. This is a large bean with a maroon batik pattern over a creamy background. Referred to as a speckled lima or butter bean. The bean is 7/8 long and maintains its markings after cooking. The bean's chestnut flavor combined with its festive coloring are the reason for the name Christmas Lima. It has a buttery flavor and creamy texture with a nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato.


Make sure to provide adequate support for these vigorous climbers! A strong fence or twine hung on a strong pole will give them plenty of room to grow and good harvest yields.

These beans need warm soil of 65 degrees or better. Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield. Grows best in full sun with well watered soil. 


Great for Zones 3-9


Planting Depth: 1 to 1.5" inches
Spacing: sow 1" inch apart. thin plants to 3" inches, 2 to 3 feet between rows
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Germination: 6-10 days
Days to Maturity: 85 days
Bean Type: Pole Lima bean
Pod Length: 5" inches
Plant Height: 7-9' feet
Pod Shape: Short and flat
Seed Color: White with purplish-red spots

Harvest: 0-60 days for green, 100+ days for dry beans.