Fortex Pole Bean Seeds
Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Type: Hardy Annual
Native Range: Lower 48 States, Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Hardiness Zones: beans are not hardy and will die with light frost
Soil Requirements: Warm and well-drained; slightly acidic pH [6.5 – 6.8];
Light Preference: Full sun
Days until Germination: 8-16 days
Sowing: Soak beans for 2-6 hours before planting. Sow directly into ground 2″- 3″ deep once soil is warm and last frost is past.
Plant Spacing: Pole beans need support of a trellis or fence. Plant fortex pole bean seeds 2″ to 3″ deep, 5″ to 6″ apart, in rows 4′ apart within an inch or two of the trellis or pole. For a tepee method, plant 6 to 7 seeds around each pole. The Fortex’s tall vines need help climbing, which we do by tying a string horizontally to pull the vines over onto the trellis as they grow.
Plant Height: Climbing. (Usually between 6′-10′).
Harvest: 60-70 days; pick when young and extra tender at 7″ though pods can grow up to 11″; continually harvest to encourage future growth and production;
Grows Well With: Carrots, cauliflower, beets, cucumbers, cabbage, small amounts of leek and celeriac, marigolds, corn, summer savory, radishes
Grows Poorly With: Garlic, shallots, chives, gladiolus, kohlrabi, sunflower, beets
Potential Problems: Mexican bean beetles; bean weevils; lack of support for stalk; sclerotinia white mold;
Uses & Cooking Suggestions: Delicious green bean that is great for steaming, or for use in a stir-fry.