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« on: June 02, 2013, 10:52:32 AM »

There was a thread a couple years ago where we were discussing TRULY string-less pole beans. I think we only came up with one which was Blue Lake pole beans. I now have another one to add. Fortex green beans! I am growing them now and have picked 11 inch beans and they are COMPLETELY string-less and tender. Taste is good too! just thought I'd throw this out there and let y'all know. I'm going to save seeds again this year (LORD willing). I need next to see how well they handle this SETX heat during the summer..... Will let you all know how that goes.....

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 11:37:55 AM »

Hey Curtis, that's my favorite variety for pole snaps. I've grown them in the greenhouses a few times and they are excellent. I have about 70 ft planted outside this year. Hopefully they produce just as well. As you said, there's no evidence of string anywhere.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 01:45:48 PM »

Curtis we need pics of the pole bean set up.  Roy
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 02:27:42 PM »

I believe I read somewhere that keeping them well watered also helps reduce the amount of string on them.  Has anyone else heard this?
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 08:05:41 PM »

Curtis we need pics of the pole bean set up.  Roy

Ok Roy. Will try to get photos tomorrow. Put it on my agenda for the day. Will try to get entire garden (weeds and all)  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 08:41:11 PM »

I'm having my first go at pole beans this year and so far I'm liking them.  They're just starting to set beans so the jury is still out.  If they turn out to be a real space saver I'll look for Forex for next year.  I've always shied away because the ones in the stores look so big and tough.
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 08:48:05 PM »

Oh wow! Where can I get them?

We LOVE green beans, I have tons of the Blue Lake, but sure would like to try the Fortex too. I have heard of them, but never knew anyone that planted them.

mhp I must have missed yours!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 09:07:32 AM »

Looking forward to hearing how they do in the Texas heat.  I need a bean that is easy to see and it doesn't hurt if you let them get a bit longer for those days that I have 100 other things going on and am not able to pick like I should.

Liked the Rattlesnake pole beans you suggested last year.  I know they have strings but when it is 200 degrees outside and you can't get another bean to set you will take anything you can get.   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2013, 12:51:06 PM »

I will be trying these, Thanks Curtis.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 03:19:28 PM »

At Roy's request, here is a photo. These were only 9-10 inches, not quite the 11 incher I measured earlier.

http://s1084.photobucket.com/user/cwbloodw/media/2013%20Pics/WP_20130603_001_zpsb3c1be3d.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

You can also see how big Gardenias can grow in SETX. This is the plant that I took cuttings off of and brought to the get together this past year. This one needs to be fertilized and cut back. It's about 30 years old.

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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 03:21:32 PM »

Try that again Curtis, I want to see how you have them trellised. I ate some last night and plan to plant a few more seeds in a week or so.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 03:31:42 PM »

Ok, added pics to the link previously posted. If you click arrows on left side of picture of me in the chair, you should see photos of trellis from both sides.

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 05:41:05 PM »

They have big leaves.  Maybe that will help shade the flowers so they'll set more beans as the heat cranks up. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 06:30:15 PM »

I have some growing after seeing your post from last year and they're not even trying to grow up the trellis I put up, I may have to try to string them up or maybe I got hustled on Ebay. Thanks for the new pics, the trellis looks like it's working great, I'll follow you on that design.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2013, 07:39:54 PM »

Were the seeds dark brown colored? That's what mine are. No runners at all, or they just not grabbing the trellis? Some of mine needed a little assistance where I had to train them to the trellis. I would just wrap them around the trellis then next day, they were grabbing hold. Let me know what color your seeds were. We may not have the same plant.

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