Bean, French Filet Stringless
Delicious haricot vert (French green bean).
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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 Maturity56 daysFruit Size5 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight15-20 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, French Filet Stringless is rated out of 5 by 29.Rated 5 out of 5 by gwendolyn 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: 2015-09-06Rated 4 out of 5 by VTContainerGadener2 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: 2015-08-12Rated 1 out of 5 by Cake1 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: 2015-07-17Rated 4 out of 5 by Peter1142 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: 2014-07-31Rated 1 out of 5 by Richmondgirl 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: 2014-07-07Rated 5 out of 5 by gardenweeder 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: 2013-07-26Rated 5 out of 5 by CaitlinsCrops from Yummy Beans! I've grown this variety both hydroponically and in raised beds. They are so tasty and have a nice snap to them - great variety to enjoy raw. They gave me beans in only 45 days in a deep water culture hydroponics system. I will definitely buy again!Date published: 2013-06-29Rated 5 out of 5 by VTContainerGardener from Easy for me to grow I frequently have cool springs, and I also container garden due to deer and lack of a place for a fenced garden. I started these indoors in mid-April in a warm room with grow lights. I got about 70% germination. I then put the plants outside May 1, in large containers under a popup greenhouse. I took the greenhouse off the first week of June, mainly because the plants were too big for the greenhouse. The plants are loaded with small beans and I will be able to pick a couple this weekend! It's my first year with these and I will do them again, as they seem to be a great success. Traditionally we like to freeze a lot of beans for year long eating. I also planted the Beananza variety and Fortex Pole beans. We will see what produces the most!Date published: 2013-06-20