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Bean, Fortex

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A bigger and tastier French bean.

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Extraordinaire! A French bean that's bigger and tastier-a new classic. A gourmet's delight, this stringless French variety is everything you wish for in a bean: tender, green, mildly sweet, nutty, meaty, savory. Wildly popular in France (the French know beans), you can pick them from 6 up to 11". Vigorous growth requires sturdy stakes.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

96-120 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
6 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
96-120 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Fortex is rated 4.548387096774194 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ONLY bean for me I've always planted bush beans with little luck. I thought that pole beans were tough and stringy. I read the reviews and decided to give these a try. I had exceptional results. I devoted a small section of my raised deck garden (about 2ft x 4ft) to growing these. They produced an abundance of beans for us. They can get really long if you miss some when picking, but still cooked up well. There were NO STRINGS! I planted a winter crop of them as well since I had some leftover seeds. It took them a while, since there wasn't much daylight, but I still ended up having fresh green beans for Christmas dinner. I won't grow anything else from now on.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best we've had By far this is the best Pole bean or bush green bean we have had. Is big, tender, tasty and grows well. No strings at all. We have grown, Kentucky wonder, Burpee and Landreth before.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great vines, but... Fortex Pole Beans: Wow, great vines. They grow like crazy. Now for the sad part. Due to the hot weather (90+) in this area, there are no beans. Loads of flowers, but no beans. It is now mid July. I am hoping that if these vines stay healthy until the early Fall, I can have a late season harvest to can or freeze.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planting this every year on orders from my wife My wife has encouraged me to drop green beans from my garden every year -- until last year. The Fortex variety produced massive amounts of delicious, stringless beans that fed the family for weeks. I'm now on orders to plant this variety every year.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bean ever! Perfect bean. We have tried 5 or 6 different varieties over the past 12 years but this will be the only bean we plant. They are delicious fresh, frozen, pickled and canned. Even when we've left them on the vine too long they taste great!
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favorite bean I have been planting Fortex pole beans now for a few years and just love these beans! Easy to pick and great taste fresh, canned or frozen! These are my go to bean plants and am considering not planting bush beans ever again!
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fortex Beans This is the 2nd season for planting these beans and I love them. Grow them on round bean towers and they do very well. even if I don't pick them right away they stay tender and don't get all seeds inside.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally A Tasty Stringless Bumper Crop of Beans!!! This packet of seeds is worth every penny. I couldn't even keep up with the amount of beans. The great thing is that if you do let some beans get slightly too big they don't become extremely tough. The beans also taste better than any other bean i've grown. Their flavor was so good that all I did was steam them. Thanks Burpee for a bean that I will use for hears to come.
Date published: 2014-09-21
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