Emerite or Fortex Mix - Pole Garden Bean


Emerite or Fortex Mix - Pole Garden Bean


These early and productive green pole beans can be harvested young like filet-type French beans or allowed to grow to 8 inches and more without losing their tender and stringless attributes.  They are beautiful, long pencil thin beans, some people call them elegant and beany-sweet.  Fortex seed is walnut brown and Emerite is black seeded so you can separate them out of the packet, grow them separate and answer the question that gourmets are asking, “which of these is the very best pole bean to grow?”.  We will tabulate the results.  
60 days. 

35 seeds (9 hills)

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Pole Garden Beans
Packets will plant 9-10 hills (35-40 seeds)

10 hills of pole beans can keep a family of 4 in green beans for the entire summer from a single planting.  Pole beans are indeterminate and will start bearing early and continue to bear as the vine grows through the summer.  As with all green beans, picking the pods at the tender immature stages before the pods become bumpy with developing seeds will result in more production.  Leaving the pods to mature will signal the plant to putting it’s resources into the seed instead of a new flush of flowers and green beans.  While beans like warm soil conditions Pole beans may curtail production during the hottest days of summer and resume with cooler weather.

Sow seeds directly into the soil Mid to late May on Long Island .   You can start seeds indoors two weeks earlier if you have the right cool and sunny environment so that seedlings do not become leggy.  Pole beans require support because the twining vines can reach from 6 to 12 feet in height.  A tall fence or trellis will do.  Two for three beans every foot in a row is good spacing.   Many gardeners place a rough bark pole in the garden every three feet apart or three long bamboo poles ties together at the top in a teepee arrangement.  A hill or cluster of 2-3 beans is placed at the base of each pole.  Beans are planted an inch below the surface.  Beans benefit by irrigation during drought conditions.

 Pole beans can be used any way that bush green beans are used.  They are the original bean since dwarf bush beans are more of a modern development for commercial production and as a result they are a wilder bean and some varieties are not as refined. If you fail to harvest the pods of some of the older varieties while the pod is slim and tender you may find that the pod becomes fibrous and stringy.

Beans tend to be inbreeders and so if you are saving the seed of a purple pod bean growing next to a yellow pod bean there is a good chance that the purple pod will remain pure and saved seed will produce purple pods the next generation.  Seed savers often save their own favorite variety of pole beans because allowing the beans to mature on the vines at the end of the season and the pods to dry brown is so easy to do.