Why? they don't they look like fortex at all

pennypond USDA 10 Sunset 21 CAJune 26, 2012

Please help me to solve a puzzle.

What happened to my bean plants? I planted fortex seeds (purchased from Johnny's three month ago), but the beans turned out looking like Tennessee cutshort to me. Why is it? Did I pick them too young (the reference is a quarter)?

I'm still very happy with the taste of the beans :)

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Most likely someone dipped seeds from the wrong bin. They look more like Johnny's Garden of Eden. Certainly not picked too young. I am assuming that they are actually pole beans.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 5:23PM
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pennypond USDA 10 Sunset 21 CA

Thank you for your fast reply, Farmerdill. I quickly went online to look at Johnny's Garden of Eden picture. You're right that it certainly looks that way. Is it too late to order and plant some true fortex in southern California now?

Here is my plants, a bit wilted in the hot sun

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 6:39PM
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Looking good. I don't know your climate. It is too hot for common beans in Georgia during July. sometimes planting them in mid- August for fall harvests works.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 8:15PM
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Just curious where you got the seed from? I'm growing a row of Fortex beans for seed to send to Sandhill Preservation. They are about a week from being ready to harvest. I've grown Fortex since 1988 and maintained my seed since then.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:49AM
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Pennypond. Johnny's is a pretty good company. let them know you got the wrong seeds and I bet they will send you Fortex at no charge along with an apology.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 7:54AM
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Pennypond, I plant a late trellis of Fortex in July each summer. The possible issue in your area could be high temperatures.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 9:26AM
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pennypond USDA 10 Sunset 21 CA

Thank you for all of your replies. I have happily grown fortex for several years because it's always healthy, productive and tasty. Johnny's said they are sending replacement seeds, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a true crop.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 5:43PM
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