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Bean, French Filet Stringless

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Delicious haricot vert (French green bean).

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The delicious, rich flavor of these thin, straight, tender beans is unlike any other. Easy to grow, they reach their flavor peak at 5-7" long and a mere 3/8" wide. Dark green pods are streaked with purple. Plants yield early and heavily but need no support. One 2 oz. seed pack will sow a row of about 20 ft. Our seed is not treated. Burpee Exclusive.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Bush Filet

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

56 days

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

5 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.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

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How to Sow

  • Because beans 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 bush 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 such as 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, when the pods start to dry on the plant.
  • 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.
Bush Filet
Days To Maturity
56 days
Fruit Size
5 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, French Filet Stringless is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from endless green beens The end of growing season is here, but I can't bring myself to clean up the garden while these plants are still producing an abundance of beans. They are even still flowering! Looks like they will produce right up until Christmas. And, by the way, they are crisp, stringless and excellent snacks!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a heavy producer! My sister on the East Coast shared seeds with me this year. We have a raised bed, 4' x 8' and 3/4 of it is devoted to beans. I have been picking two large handfuls of beans every day for the past 2 1/2 weeks and there are more beans still growing. Recently, I sowed more seeds for a later crop. We typically do not get a frost until the end of October or early November. So, I hope to have more beans to pick after summer is over. Next year I want to grow the same beans. They are flavorful and tender --- great steamed!
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful bean Gre this last spring. The bush grows well, produces multiple crops and the bean has a great flavor. Also cans well!
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tasting bean...but These beans taste fantastic and are generally easy to grow. I have grown them for five years now. Germination is a bit "iffy" at times and I do have to replant when some don't come up. I have started them indoors and transplanted, and started them directly outdoors, both with great success and heavy yields. This year a very strange thing happened. Two of the plants produced a pole type bean that climbed the greenhouse cover support. The leaves are a lighter green and the beans are very different on those two plants. (see picture) I would think there was a seed mix up in packaging, but the beans taste terrible from these two plants and I can't imagine anyone eating them. They are woody and stringy with very little flavor at all. I will grow these again next year because of the great flavor of these and hope I don;t get any more climbers. Going to try another variety as well. Tried Beananza in the past and didn't care for the flavor as well, but love Maxibel, so maybe try those again. (Burpee doesn't carry them.)
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible! We planted these beans 2 different times in 2 types of soil and didn't get 1 bean to grow. The 3rd time we tried soaking the beans first to help with germination, but nothing. Not 1 bean plant. We went back to a different brand.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They are OK Plants are very compact. Continuing to produce a great amount of beans for their size. These beans had a problem sprouting. They germinated, but many came out bare or with ragged leaves. Many did eventually go on to thrive, though. The beans are not at all tender like described (at any size) but are instead crisp and crunchy. Stringless but kind of typical taste. They are quite long.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible germination I grow 5 crops of beans a year. This was my favorite the past 2 years. However, this year, the seed is a COMPLETE germination failure. I have sowed 3 times, from 2 different packets, and wasted several weeks, and have to say, in 30 years, I have never seen a germination failure so profound. Out of 200-250 seeds, 5 came up. I don't know what the deal was, but I will be writing for a refund. Heavyweight II, on the other hand, which I have had some germination problems with in the past, did quite well this year.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too much of a good thing Whoever said these beans weren't prolific wasn't slaving in my garden this summer! I had enough of these beauties (soooo good and soooo tender!) to freeze, share and give this old back a run for it's money. Also, with the late growing season, everyone I ran in to was surprised I was already getting beans. The other day I thought my plants were about done as the picking was slowing up but now I see more blossoms appearing so the peas (2nd crop) will have to wait! I'll buy them again next year as always enjoy something a little different than what the supermarket offers.
Date published: 2013-07-26
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