Lima Bean, Aunt Amelia's

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Quick facts

  • Very productive, rare heirloom
  • Thin skin

Phaseolus lunatus 

Pole Lima.  This heirloom lima has a creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor.  Because the dry pods can be harvested by late August, this is an excellent choice for a short season climate.  This variety was grown by Amelia Becker of Mt. Union, IA, who likely grew it since the early 1900s and passed it on to her nephew, Richard Gesling.

How to grow it:

Germ Temp

Indoor Start

Germ Days

Frost Tolerant


Seed Depth

Plant/Row Spacing


Not rec.

6-17 d.





Direct sow 1" deep near a trellis after all danger of frost has passed. In row spacing is 3" with 8" between rows. Soaking seeds for 2-4 hours can hasten germination time. Planting with bean specific bacterial inoculum may help boost yields, especially if planting where beans have not grown before.

Seed specs:  Packet size: 20 seeds