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Botanical name

Phaseolus lunatus


Common name(s)

Butter beans Lima bean


Plant Care


Moderately rich, well-drained

Planting Instructions

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in mid-spring indoors. Germination should take place within 10 days. When they are large enough to handle, plant the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frost.


The fruits are 5-12 cm long, dehiscent pods with 2 to 4 seeds.

Interesting planting ideas

Plant near radishes, potatoes, eggplant, beets, strawberries and cucumbers, they are great companion plants.

Interesting Info

Butter beans are very good sources of proteins, minerals, dietary fibres and essential amino acid. They are also good sources of bioactive compounds.


Ready for harvest 85 to 90 days after sowing seed.

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