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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 & white bean that can be stored for winter soups and casseroles.


Germination Time (Days) 7 – 15
Maturity Time (Days) 50 – 80
Sowing Depth (mm) 20 – 40
Plant Spacing (cm) 10 – 25
Row Spacing (cm) 60 – 100
pH 6 – 7.5
Soil Temperature (°C)
Hardy / Frost Tender Frost Tender
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings Sow Direct
Seed Preparation