Pole Bean, French Filet 'Fortex'

Phaseolus vulgaris

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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6-8 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Westbrook, Connecticut

Keystone Heights, Florida

Aurora, Illinois

Fort Scott, Kansas

Williamsburg, Ohio

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 20, 2018, noki from Columbus, OH wrote:

'Fortex' is a great eating pole bean, and is different while still being very much a classic style snap green bean on the dinner table. Excellent quality picked thin or grown out a full 9-11 inches.

Have not yet have them be consistently productive during the summer in Ohio, and production can be wimpy but they do seem to produce decent when summer cools off at the end of the season. The plump long pods do make up for lack of quantity by being large in size and quality.


On Dec 14, 2016, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Stringless pole bean with good taste both when picked young or allowed to grow past 9" long. Kept producing over a long season. This year a growing tree started shading my usual bean area and the production went down. May have to lose the tree or move the bean trellis.


On Oct 4, 2015, peter1142 from SE NY, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Vigorous, extremely productive, large pods that taste good even near the shelling stage.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

A 60 day pole bean.