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PlantFiles: Pole Bean, French Filet
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Fortex'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Fortex
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fortex Pole Filet)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative zeno25 On Feb 22, 2013, zeno25 from Aurora, IL wrote:

This bean has been a big disappointment. Early in the summer the plants grew vigorous vines but when the heat kicked in, production never happened. Japanese beetles also love this plant. Despite regular applications of Seven the beetles devoured them and what was left suffered from rust for the rest of the season. Doesn't even do well in the greenhouse. Zone 5b.

Positive GardenerLynne On Dec 10, 2010, GardenerLynne from Warfield
Canada wrote:

*Germinates well in relatively cool soil
*Climbs great on a twine support
*Huge production, like nothing I've ever seen
*Not stringy or tough, even when quite large
*Great for pickles, freezes well - don't become too soft
*Flavour is good but not exceptional, so I always grow another kind of bean for summer eating, too

Positive smileysdynamite On Mar 7, 2010, smileysdynamite from Williamsburg, OH wrote:

I loved this bean. So far it is the best pole bean I have grown. It is tender and flavorful despite wet cool summer, did even better when it warmed up in early fall. Kept it picked and produced more. Good frozen. I loved eating them off the vine. M new favorite variety.

Positive dmj1218 On Apr 20, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Good tasting and prolific....does well in the deep south; I love filet beans best of all the green beans.

Negative fwfarm On Dec 9, 2005, fwfarm from Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Did very poorly for me here this year, compared to 4 other varieties grown; weak thin vines with few beans and lots of bugs.

Neutral melody On Oct 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this plant yet.

One of the longest pole beans at 11", Fortex has dark green pods that are stringless and remain tender even after the seeds have formed. They can be picked at 6 or 7" for extra slender 'filet' beans.
Seeds are brown in color.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 8, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day pole bean.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Keystone Heights, Florida
Aurora, Illinois
Fort Scott, Kansas
Williamsburg, Ohio
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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