GROW: The Book
Could someone please recommend a pole bean that has nice full rounded pods? I hate the more flat pods and am disappointed by the varieties of pole beans that I have grown.
I'm with you on that one. I have three different ones planted this year around the place. The only ones that are making a good looking bean are the Rattlesnake beans. Otherwise I'm getting lumpy beans. They look like a blacksnake that has been eating eggs. 🙄
The stringless ones have strings but more like a hair. One that is supposed to have strings has the thickest strings I've ever seen.
I have read articles indicating that perhaps blue lake pole bean seeds had become prone to the "flatness" syndrome. This year I planted 3 different varieties (not blue lake). The descriptions of all said full round pods, but all seem to be flat.
@dottile46 could you post a picture if you get a chance of the rattlesnake? I will be buying new seed as soon as I can.
I had just one of my Blue Lake bean plants produce flat pods this year... I wondered if an errant seed from another variety snuck into the lot! Interesting.
Have you tried Kentucky Blue? I've had good luck with this variety.
I have been wondering if there are good years for beans and then not so good years - as with other veg too. I have been having a hard time in general with beans the last two years and have just thought that maybe they are in a growing downswing or something.
I've had great luck with Fortex. I took my chances on another pole bean this year that ended up being extremely stringy. I'm not sure if it was the bean, the weather, or what, but I will going back to planting Fortex next year for sure!
@Janelle Keith thank you for the information. Who do you use as a supplier? I haven't run across Fortex
These are my favorite I always end up with a good crop.
@KimWilson I very highly recommend this bean for a variety of reasons: