How to Plant Split Lima Bean Seeds


Lima bean seeds sprout quite easily, so it's not unusual to discover that the seeds have already split open if they were left in a warm, moist location. This doesn't mean the seeds won't grow; it just means the young plants will emerge a bit faster than usual. If you plant split lima bean seeds in the right environment quickly, you can still reap a harvest of the healthy vegetables in late summer.

Step 1

Choose a location in your garden that receives full sun. Lima beans will grow in partial shade, but they will not produce as many beans. Examine the soil in the location you are considering after a hard rain shower to be certain excess water drains away quickly; lima beans will not thrive in overly moist soil.

Step 2

Prepare the planting site by loosening the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Amend the soil with 2 inches of organic compost to add nutrients and increase acidity.

Step 3

Use your finger to dig a small a trench the length of the row you are planting. Plant the split lima bean seeds 1 1/2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. Make certain the cracked area of the seed is pointing upward when planting. Pat the soil down gently over each seed.

Step 4

Water the seeds until the soil is well moistened but not soggy. Continue to add approximately 1 inch of water each week unless there has been significant rainfall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Lima beans should only be planted directly into the garden if all danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed to 65 degrees F. If this is not the case in your area, plant the split lima bean seeds in small containers indoors until it is appropriate to transplant them to the garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Lima beans
  • Hoe
  • Organic compost


  • Gardening Know How: Planting Lima Beans
  • The Essential Garden Guide: Planting--Lima Beans
  • Harvest to Table: How to Grow Lima Beans
  • Purdue University: Growing Beans in the Home Vegetable Garden
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.