Christmas Lima Bean (Pole)


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Christmas Lima Pole Bean or "Red Speckled Lima Bean" is a large, heirloom variety known for its beautiful red marbled appearance! Growing on 10-12-foot vines, these beans prefer trellising, to yield huge, flat, oval-shaped beans that can be as large as a quarter - measuring about 1-1.5 inches long! Their striking color pattern, which resembles a calico or speckled chestnut brown and cream dates back to at least the 1840s and has been a cherished heirloom variety for generations. The Christmas Lima Bean has a unique, chestnut-like flavor, which sets it apart from other bean varieties and makes it a favorite in gourmet cooking. These beans can be dried and stored for long periods, making them a practical and sustainable food source. Enjoy the rich, chestnut-like flavor of Christmas Lima Beans in your favorite soups, stews, casseroles, and salads. Heat-tolerant, productive variety.

Also Known As: Pole Lima Bean, Climbing Bean, Chestnut Lima Bean, Chestnut Bean, Red Speckled Lima Bean, Purple Speckled Lima, Calico Lima Bean, Giant Speckled Lima Bean, Cranberry Lima Bean, Marbled Lima Bean, Holiday Lima Bean.

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Plant Name:
Lima Bean, Christmas (Pole)
Latin Name:
Phaseolus lunatus
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 90
Germination Rate: 85%
Test Date: 2/24
Growth Habit: Pole
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2025

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


In the Spring, plant beans after all danger of frost has passed. In the Fall, plant beans 14 to 16 weeks before the first expected frost. Plant pole beans in hills about 2 feet apart in the row. Space the rows about 3-4 feet apart. Place a 6-8-foot stake in the center of each hill. Plant 3-4 seeds around the stake about 1-1/2 inches deep in the soil. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly. 

Planting Depth: 1 1/2 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
2 feet, stake
Between-Row Spacing:
3-4 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants about once a week in dry weather. Try not to let the soil dry out while the beans are blooming or the blooms will drop and yields will be decreased.

Weeding: The roots of beans grow near the soil surface. When hoeing and pulling weeds, try not to dig too deep to prevent the plant's roots from damage.

Fertilizing: As the plants begin to flower and set beans, you may optionally apply fertilizer to help plants produce more beans. Apply by scattering between the rows about 1/2 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of row. Water the plants after fertilizing.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Diseases may be a possibility during cool, wet weather. If spots appear on leaves or bean pods, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used. 



Lima beans can be picked in the shelling stage or the dry stage. To pick beans during the shelling stage, pick when the pod has changed color and the beans have been plumped, but before the pods and seeds have dried. During the dry stage, pick dry lima beans when the pods are dry, faded in color, and brittle and seeds inside are hard.


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 59 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2.4 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.8 g 3%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 0.9 g 1%
Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0%
Iron 1% Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B6 0% Cobalamin 0%
Magnesium 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.