can anyone compare flat/Italian bush varieties?

cousinfloydJanuary 8, 2014

I didn't really keep track of varieties, but I know I've had flat pod/Italian-style bush beans with more flavor than I've ever tasted in stringless bush green beans, and I want to grow more. How do the different varieties compare? Roma II/Romano 14/Jumbo/others? Has anyone trialed multiple varieties and come up with a favorite? Is it true they all tend to flop over more than other types of beans?

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farmerdill

the bush beans do not flop any more than round or oval bush beans. Jumbo is a special case. It is a cross that tastes more like an old fashioned pole bean than a Roma type. It has huge long pods like a pole bean and does tend to flop. Outstanding flavor tho. The pole types like Romano,Helda, Musica are better than the bush Roma II, Pension. None of them seem to do as well in the south as the regular beans.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 8:19AM
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cousinfloyd

farmerdill, thanks for the reply. It sounds like you've done a lot of varietal experiments. When you say the pole types are better than the bush types do you mean better flavor?

My limited experience with beans is that every pole type (including the locally common "half runners") have great flavor in comparison to the regular bush types, but they're all stringy. The flat type bush beans are the best compromise I've found in good flavor (like in the pole types) but stringlessness (like the regular bush types). I still grow half runners and regular pole beans for flavor, but the strings limit my interest in them.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 5:25PM
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farmerdill

Yes, much better flavor. Some the more modern varieties like Northeaster are stringless. I have not had any stringiness problems with half runners like Volunteer, State etc tho when harvested before they get too beany. I have not gotten satisfactory performance from Roma II. Jumbo is outstanding but is not a true Roma/Romano type.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 6:36PM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

I like my brown-seeded Romano bush bean Yer Fasulyasi, an heirloom, and also black-seeded Marconi Nano, both very meaty and keep making beans long into the season. White-seeded Capitano was also good but not as prolific.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 4:10AM
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