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Name: jon
norfolk va. (Zone 8a)
Jun 3, 2016 5:31 PM CST
I planted about 30 lima bean seeds and only 1 came up. We did have cooler weather alot after planting in norfolk va. area...early may,
could the cooler weather/soil temp been a problem....I kept soil moist,rain did that for me mostly,thanks for any comments.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Jun 3, 2016 6:41 PM CST
Welcome to NGA @raven59

There are any number of reasons why seeds don't germinate. Location, maturity/age of the seeds, temperature, birds and squirrels, among others.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Jun 3, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Welcome to, @raven59 !

Yes, cool soil temps can definitely be a problem for germination of bean seeds; I believe the minimum is about 60F, but they really prefer warmer temps. (When the soil is too cool they just sit there and rot.) I would think you still can replant and get a good crop Smiling .
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