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LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

August 12, 2013
9:32 AM

Post #9628384

In your opinion, of course. :-)

TIA
LAS

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 12, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9628440

Jade II. Been using them for a couple years now.
People love them, especially when they are picked small.
Good flavor & tender.
ERNIECOPP
Vista, CA

August 12, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9628490

Hello, C G,
I have been missing your wisdom and good advice, but this website is such a mess now, i am reluctant to even sign on anymore.

I check once in a while to see if they have fixed it but when they fix one problem, another one comes up.

And there is nothing wrong with my computer of programs. They work perfectly everywhere else.

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Ernie
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

August 12, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9628519

Erniecopp, check this thread every week or so to see if you should try again more widely. It's a status report on what's in the next fixit release.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1328188/
gardadore
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9628551

Emerite Pole beans - it's a pole filet bean and just keeps cranking out until frost. Fortex is another similar pole bean often favored over this one but I prefer this one.

Nola_Nigella

Nola_Nigella
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 9b)

August 13, 2013
3:19 AM

Post #9629223

Thanks for the tip, C G, I've been waffling about which new variety to try this fall.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2013
3:17 PM

Post #9630752

Cosse Violetto burdungy pole french filet beans.
French Gold yellow pole filet beans.

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gardadore
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2013
8:26 PM

Post #9631039

I'm not familiar with the Cosse Violetto burgundy but they look interesting. I am growing Coco Blue for the first time but unlike my Emerite, Fortex, French Gold and Ramdor beans they are not yet setting. Maybe they are a late developing variety.

But I will also agree that the French Gold are excellent yellow filet beans along with Ramdor.

The advantage to the pole filet bean varieties over the bush ones seems to be that they don't quit until frost as long as you pick them. Easier on the back as well!! They also continue to be nice and crunchy even if you miss one and it gets really long.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2013
7:16 AM

Post #9631332

I wanted pole varieties and found them hard to find. Most places sell the bush varieties of french fillet beans. And I was looking for color as I wanted to try someting new. These work out perfectly for me.
gardadore
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2013
8:46 AM

Post #9631406

Sounds like a good decision. Here are links to some sites I use but I am interested only in filet types as opposed to the flatter Romano ones. Fedco has the best prices and the Blue Coco.

http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/vegB.htm
http://www.fedcoseeds.com
http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/cgi-bin/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=183
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

August 16, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9632337

It looks like everyone is choosing pole beans. Is there a consensus that pole beans, in general, taste better than bush beans? I've always bought bush, so I have no comparison.
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


August 16, 2013
9:08 AM

Post #9632394

No consensus. Some pole beans do have great flavor that is matched by few bush beans. But it depends on your taste buds. My wife and many others will not eat a pole bean. I have grown a few different varieties in my time and judged on my taste buds and ease of production Contender for bush, Little Greasy or Kentucky Wonder for pole.The old Mountain Half Runner has the best of both worlds.
Bean varieties I have grown since 2005. http://s294.photobucket.com/user/farmerdill/library/Beans?sort=4&page=1
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

August 16, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9632407

Farmerdill, do you find Contender reliably stringless?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


August 16, 2013
10:23 AM

Post #9632442

Yes. There have been bush beans with strings in the past, but I have never found a variety introduced after 1920 that was not stringless. There are a few stringless pole beans but most develop strings at some point.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2013
10:29 AM

Post #9632445

If you go for the french fillet types of beans then you can go for either bush or pole varieties. Although it is easier to find seed of bush varieties.

On pole beans, anyone a fan of yard long types like I am? I just love my yard longs.

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