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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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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.

Pole 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.

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

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Growing Pole and Bush Beans
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  • Beans

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

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.
Pole Filet
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
Bean, Fortex is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Review for Bean, Fortex My Review for Bean, Fortex purchased as seeds, grown on teepee
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fortex is an heirloom seed I don't think the on-site information states that this is an heirloom, but the seed package does. Last year we were slow to harvest because we had problems getting our plants ahead of the bunnies. After the plants finally made it to the trellis, we had a good harvest in the fall. This year we are prepared to fight the bunnies, and we expect to freeze/can beans early on. Nice size, good flavor, not stringy.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder no more Are you wondering which Pole bean to grow? Did you grow one already and it left you wanting? Was it the Kentucky Wonder (White variety) by any chance? or just about any other variety? Well, let me save you some time and perhaps frustration. Treat youserself and grow Fortex. I know, it's cool and you want to try the purples, the snakes, uber Hybrids, the so called Wonders, or even a Bush type like Landreth, Nah been there done that, just stop yourself! Learn from my mistakes and frustration, Fortex is all you'll ever need. Somehow, I know deep down you just must try that pretty purple Stringbean or that one with a string of numbers as part of it's name. Better yet, cause some dude on Face-book recomended and gave you free seeds for a cool looking rare bean. Go ahead if you must but, just make sure you include the Fortex as well, trust this unkown guy on the internet on this one, you can thank me later if you like. Let me end this unpaid informercial right here and get serious, if you want good/excellent production, flavor, size, Stringless (at any stage) then look no more, Fortex is all you need to remember.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved these beans This is the 2nd year that I have planted these beans.. Love them. They grown like crazy and are tasty. I will continue to purchase them.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best bean ever Stays tender, no strings or seeds and the flavor is amazing. Grows like crazy.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best bean flavor I grow both bush and pile beans depending g on time of year (bush in spring and fall ...pole in summer). These plants grow upward of 12 feet (my bean supports are 12 feet) and they trail back down. The beans itself I pick when they are around 10 inches long. Still not stringy or woody. The taste is better than any bean I've ever had. My husband and children also prefer it to any other bean I grow (blue lake, kentucky blue, contender, gold mine). ( 1st year with fortex). The reason i am giving 4 in stead of 5 stars is due to yield. It does not produce as heavy of a yield as other pole beans. So I think it depends of what you want this bean for. If you are looking to freezebeans for the winter, unless you are sowing a large area this may not be the pick for you. However if you're ok with jist picking for your dinner use right away I would.highly recommend this bean. Again that flavor is outstanding. (Hence why I plant bush beans in spring and fall abd yes they do excellent as a fall crop [Philly suburb ]).
Date published: 2016-09-09
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
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