I'm looking for a truly stringless heirloom pole bean; is there such a thing? (I've found stringless bush beans but the yield is not as good as pole beans).
I know that if allowed to remain on the vine too long, any bean can develop strings, and I know that heat can play a role too, but what heirloom variety is known for being stringless???
This year, I'm planning a large "family garden" for our extended family of 18...and I don't want to plant the wrong variety of vegetables! ...Wish us luck! ;) lol
Also check out Emerite Pole Beans. They are often compared to Fortex, which is an excellent string bean, but my husband tends to lean towards the Emerite. The Fortex should be picked frequently or it will get really long very quickly. It will still taste great but we prefer our beans smaller. We think they have a better flavor when younger. Both varieties are superb so you shouldn't be disappointed with either of them. I purchased my Emerite from http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/vegB.htm She also has an excellent yellow French style called "French Gold" which we love. You will find other examples of Heirloom pole beans as well on this site to check out.
In the past I have ordered Fortex from Fedco.com. They have great prices and free shipping for orders over $35. Packets always seem generous to me.
I know you will enjoy whatever you choose but thought you might like to see some other possibilities. I am a big one on planting different varieties to see what I like best. Guaranteed, these will pump out great tasting beans all summer until frost! No more bending!! Good luck!
Have any of you grown Neckargold? I love the French beans but haven't tried this one, just the "French Gold" (maybe it's the same thing with just a name change?), and Ramdor (Renee's used to carry it in the same packet as the Emerite). They are nice and long and thin and usually produce before the Fortex or Emerite.
"Yellow-podded version of Neckar Queen."
"same type of bean as Neckarkonigin ... white seeded"
"long beans that start pale green and ripen to glowing yellow."
"Even the plants show up the colour, with bright yellow stems"
"they stay stringless even up to 8 inches long."
"Beware may come out green in some conditions!"
"long, oval to slightly flattened, white-seeded pods that are a gorgeous bright yellow color."
Our favorite pole beans have been Fortex, both due to flavor and production, but a couple of years ago they came in rather soft, holllow, and a bit moldy, so instead I tried a pole bean that I bought in France the following year, called Aiguillon. It was supposed to be stringless but it wasn't, and I'm going to have to end up throwing all my frozen packets to the chickens because it has an unpleasant mouth feel, no matter how much I cook it. I ordered Fortex again for this year but I've been reading comments about Emerite and thinking that perhaps I should try those next time. I'm pretty sure I grew them once a long time ago but it might be time to try them again.
I used to save my own seeds, but at that time I was growing both Fortex and Pelandron, a French bush bean with purple speckles that was very tasty and prolific. However the two varieties cross-pollinated so I was getting pole beans with purple splashes and with a chunkier shape, more like the Pelandron. I'll see how I make out with Fortex this year.
I got my Fortex from Johnny's Seeds (http://www.johnnyseeds.com ) and I've been real happy with everything I've gotten from them. It's easy, because everything they offer that is a hybrid has a "F1" after the name. If it doesn't have "F1" then it's open pollinated.
This will be my first time growing Fortex so I'll let you know how I like them! :)
In this part of the country (the South) if you start a conversation about pole beans you will get as many opinions as you have people in the room. I must have six different varieties of seed in the freezer waiting to be planted and now you have gone and thrown two more into the mix. Are these (Fortex and Emerite) good for canning and shell beans?