Fortex Beans

barbge(4 MN)March 20, 2014

I was just wondering if anybody has a few extra Fortex bean seeds that they might be willing to part with? I'd like to try them but I don't see them in packets at any local stores. I grow tons of bush beans because I hate strings, but I've been told that Fortex are a completely stringless pole bean so I thought I'd try it out. If you want to do a trade I have many different types of pepper seeds I could trade with.

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dlsm(Z9b Titusville Fl)

barbge, email me your mailing address and I will send you a package of 30 seed.

Luther

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 2:51PM
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barbge(4 MN)

Email sent. Thanks so much for your generosity!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 9:33PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I am not asking for any seeds but I wonder WHY it is not sold by major seed companies ? They have all kinds Kentucky and Blue Lake all over the place.

My other question: What makes Fortex a better bean ? Taste, productivity ?

Thanks

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 3:10AM
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barbge(4 MN)

I'm curious about the lack of strings. So far, I've tried purple podded pole, Kentucky wonder, and blue lake, all of which are supposedly stringless when young, however, I didn't experience that. They all had strings regardless of size for me. Maybe people say that Fortex are totally stringless so I though I'd give them a try in addition to my bush varieties.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:16PM
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fusion_power

Fortex is a very good snap pole bean for fresh eating at the young mature stage. It is unproductive in most climates including mine. It is too soft for canning in my opinion. Given a choice, I would grow Emerite before Fortex depending on primary use. If I want a really good canning bean, I would grow an old heirloom bean that I got from my grandmother. Sandhill Preservation has some seed this year. It is Grandma Roberts Tricolor bean. The listing at Sandhill is in the purple bean section, but it is NOT a purple bean.

This post was edited by fusion_power on Thu, Mar 27, 14 at 12:23

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:21PM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

It's super productive in my garden. I add innoculant at planting time. Beans are stringless and edible at any stage except when overripe. I always have enough to give away. But I don't can or freeze them, so I can't say about that.
edit...I order fortex from Johnny's Seeds.

This post was edited by susanzone5 on Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 21:39

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