It's white seeded, so your soil needs to be warmer for germination than with colored seeds.
It's fairly early, a bit over 60 days. It's not the earliest pole bean, as Kwintus/Early Riser/Northeaster come in at 55 days, roughly a week earlier. Those three may, or may not, all be the same bean.
Just average for heat tolerance, but not up there with Rattlesnake. I take my time when planting time comes for pole beans, so I have no experience with cold tolerance.
Like nearly all pole green romano (wide, flat podded) beans, the flavor is really really good. And, like nearly all romano type beans, I rate it below Super Marconi, the best of the best in my garden. Sadly, I've found Super Marconi to have very low heat tolerance.
If you've never had fresh out of the garden green romano beans, I really can't help in describing the flavor. They do not taste like round podded beans.
Like pink beefsteak tomatoes, green pole romano beans, to me, can't be beat. It would be difficult to find a variety that doesn't have great flavor.
Once pods reach full length, and seeds are just starting to swell, the pods should be constantly "picked" (I cut them off with scissors) to keep the vines productive. I usually set aside seed producing vines in a different area of the garden. These vines die much quicker because pods are not picked until dry.
Let us know if yours do okay in the heat and maybe I'll give them another trial.
In the bags are Tamara on the right and the French Filet ones on the left. Carminat is the purple one. It did the worse, still produced, but petered out earlier than any of them. It was in a different bed from the others. Carminat isn’t coming back this year. I’m planting Rolande and Emerite again. Rolande is a green french filet bush type, but it just seemed to not want to quit producing. I was surprised by how productive it was.
My mom and dad both love the french filet types (they couldn’t tell the difference between the filet types). Mom blanched and froze a goodly amount of those (still eating them here in December). I’m obligated in the spirit and substance of good relations with thy neighbor (my folks and I are neighbors) and by Holy Commandment of Faith (honor thy Father and Mother) to grow the French Filet Rolande and Emerite once again this upcoming season.
We kept the Tamara for ourselves.
Romano pole types:
Algarve - 52 days
Northeaster -56 days
Spanish Musica - 62 days
French Filet pole bean - Emerite - 64 days
French filet bush beans - Rolande- 53 days
Maxibel - 60 days.
Since green beans evidently freeze well, at least the french filets do, I don’t mind it if I get too many at once. Everyone in the family likes green beans, in general they grow well enough here in my garden, might as well grow things that people like and performs well. Beans haven’t been pesty bug magnets or disease prone unlike some other crops and they don’t seem to be too touchy about fertility.
Perhaps other varieties, that are less tender would freeze OK. I don't mind the mushy ones added to vegetable and beef soup/stews.
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