Bean, Triomphe de Farcy Bush
Slender, crunchy pods have a distinct, rich flavor.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 Maturity48 daysFruit Size3-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight15-20 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Triomphe de Farcy Bush is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by BigSkyGardener from Very good bush bean I've grown Triomphe de Farcy the past two summers here and have had good success. With our hot, breezy, mostly dry summers, I mulch them well with lawn clippings (no pesticides used), and water every 2 or 3 days depending on the severity of the heat. They produce nice, uniform green beans about 4-5 inches long, with a slight purple mottling. They taste great and after initially bearing for about 10-14 days, they have a tendency to come back again a few weeks later with another round of beans. No problems with any fungus, etc. (but in our dry climate that's not really an issue). I plan to grow these again each year. Highly recommended.Date published: 2016-01-16Rated 5 out of 5 by FarmerMary from OUTSTANDING BEAN! Planted these beans on May 18 in my 3' X 3' raised-bed garden that encircles my patio. I am 60 miles north of NY City in zone 6. Since I planned to go on vacation for two weeks at the beginning of July, I had a drip irrigation system installed so I wouldn't have to worry that they wouldn't get enough water. The meter was set to water 4 times per week for 3.5 hours. All of the plants germinated pretty quickly & grew rapidly with loads of flowers. They were planted ~4" apart in rows ~5" apart. In my little bed, I had 3 rows with 8 plants in each (total 24 plants) of Triomphe and 24 plants of Contender planted the same way. I harvested my first beans, maybe about 5 dozen slim, tender and beany delicious 5-6' beans, for 5 days at the end of June. While I was gone, nobody picked the beans, although I had told my friend who was cat sitting that she was welcome to pick whatever she wanted. In any case, when I got home, all the beans were way past maturity, with big seeds on fat, lumpy pods, but they were still decent and had no strings, in spite of them being heirloom beans that hadn't had the strings bred out of them. I thought the plants were done for, but I kept picking and the more I picked, the more new beans grew. Both of them are still producing a total of about 15 beans per day one week before September, although I'm picking 3-4 times as many Triomphe's as Contender's-those Triomphes are like little bean making machines. Hopefully, I will have frozen enough by the time they stop to keep me going throughout most of the fall & winter. I will definitely be growing these next yearDate published: 2015-08-25Rated 3 out of 5 by grandpa1948 from Needs stringing I guess I should have known that since these are heirlooms, they would require stringing. I planted in rather cool weather, first part of April. and about 75% of the seed germinated. Growth is quick with very large leaves and a slight tendency to run. I picked my first small mess yesterday, June 8. The beans were 5" to 7" long and very flavorful with an old-fashioned green bean flavor. The only thing I don't like is the fact that they definitely a "string" bean. Be careful you don't miss one or you'll know it when you go to eat them.Date published: 2014-06-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Brutus from Great French Bean! First year growing these and they've done great! The plants are about 1 foot tall right now and have been very productive. Germination rate was near 100%. The beans are really tasty and some have purple streaks. Even at 6 inches long, they don't get as thick as a pencil. They hold nicely for a day or 2 if you get busy with other things. We've been looking for a good, reliable haricot vert variety and these are it. Excellent sauteed in a bit of olive oil with minced garlic and salt.Date published: 2014-06-07Rated 4 out of 5 by Tree from Good Hearty Bean Nice productive plant - grew well amongst my tomatoes - about two feet high and the bean is hearty and very little "string" to talk about - blanched and froze a mess - will follow up with how they hold to freezingDate published: 2013-05-28Rated 5 out of 5 by gardenator from my first bean Planted this variety in my first vegetable garden a few years ago. We loved the taste, but ever the experimenter, I had to try others like Forza, Early Italian and Blue Lake. We have never matched the taste of this bean. I have no idea how to pronounce the name, but I know how to eat the beans. No strings, good production in my tiny space and good flavor.Date published: 2012-02-06Rated 1 out of 5 by PammyK from Very Disappointed in this Variety Too stringy, could not even eat, dug up and planted another variety.Date published: 2011-07-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Canarsieman from Great tasting bean Love this variety for it's excellent taste and production. Keeps producing and you can pick them from very slender or let them fill out without any loss in flavor.Date published: 2007-08-12