Fillet beans.... growing them in Arkansas?
Has anyone had experience with growing fillet beans in Arkansas... or in the south in general?
My typical greentongue "long story" background:
I bought seeds from a British eBay seller... one of those guys with fanciful descriptions of everything.... his seeds would turn your garden into a fairyland, at least!
His "Bobby Beans" are apparently a commercial variety... per his answer to my inquiry on variety name, they are known by number only and his seed is supplied to him annually by his neighbor, who works for a major agribiz distributor. He did not give me company name or number.
My MAJOR reason for the purchase was that he claimed they were grown in Africa for shipment to Europe. When I verified via internet the major African bean growing countries (Tunisia, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia), that suggested possible "setting in heat" qualities much greater than any American green beans I have grown.
I searched for seeds of similar beans this side of the Big Pond, ordered the following 3 from Territorial Seeds this week: NICKEL (old variety, famous for heat resistance); CUPIDON (a British gardener's favorite), and MAXIBEL (performance rated by Johnny's Selected Seeds and widely sold). Vermont Bean Seed Company had the most varieties and even had them in yellow wax colors, but a 25 foot row of 4 varieties will be QUITE ENOUGH to tempt rabbits, and with 2 that have heat resistance claims, I should learn a lot in one growing season.
Input appreciated! I have learned thus far that "bobby bean" is a size designation... thanks, zeedman!