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PlantFiles: French Filet
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Nickel'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Nickel

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dancingbear27 On Feb 8, 2010, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

My friend grew these beans and were the most prolific bean in her garden. They are short (about 4") and thin (a little over 1/4") but extremely tasty. She had so many of them that she kept bringing me bag fulls to can. They were the best canning bean I've ever tried. Very tender, stringless and full of flavor. My 8-yo will eat an entire quart jar of them cold by herself. That has to tell you something!! They will be a staple in my garden from now on.

Positive farprof On May 18, 2008, farprof from Woodstock, CT wrote:

Tolerates some cold weather. In fact I once picked them on Thanksgiving from a late summer planting. The tops had suffered some frost damage but the beans underneath kept growing, albeit slower than in the summer.

Positive dsrtgdn On Jul 9, 2002, dsrtgdn from Lancaster, CA wrote:

If this bean is aka Nickel Filet bean....Vigorous healthy plants produced moderate amounts of thin short (Haricot vert) type snap beans. Most beans were well off the soil level. A slight tolerance to weeds. Produced for over 4 weeks.


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

Woodstock, Connecticut
Elba, New York

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