degauze's Journal: Pole Bean, French Filet Fortex Phaseolus vulgaris 16041

  • Member: degauze
  • Journal: Default
  • Category: Plants and Requirements: Beans, Pole
  • Status: Unknown

Initial Notes:

*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

Kept it picked and produced more. Good frozen. I loved eating them off the vine.

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.

A 60 day pole bean.

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)


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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