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Emerite Pole Bean

Certified Organic Seed

Phaseolus vulgaris

Classic filet pole bean with excellent flavor and texture.

In the era of the now collectible French torchons, or cloth tea towels, Vilmorin-Andrieux was breeding culinary French Filet beans for the palates of the court of King Louis XV. Though Americans are most familiar with mid-sized green beans, the thinner French filet beans make for much better eating. Slower to turn bulgy and stringy than American-style green beans, Emerite, a pole French filet bean, these slender pole beans stay tender even when picked a bit late. Cooking is quick don't overdo it! and the result is a pile of slender, tender vegetable that is pure ambrosia for the green bean lover's soul. If you've never grown pole beans, the ease of harvest and the long season of the vines will leave you amazed at how easy green beans can be.

Be sure to provide a trellis while plants are still very young; pole beans yield generously as long as they are allowed to grow vertically.

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Direct sow seeds and thin to 6 inches when plants have their first set of true leaves. Provide a sturdy trellis early for beans to grab hold of. This variety can reach 6 feet high and will yield crunchy and succulent beans over several weeks. Harvest when beans are taught, but before seeds are discernible.

Days to Germination 3-7 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Planting Depth 1"
Spacing in Row 6"
Spacing Between Rows 36"
Height at Maturity 72"
Width at Maturity 12"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Joy Newton. This four-color silkscreen on natural flax linen depicts the vigorous upward habit of these climbing beans. Joy celebrates agriculture in her life and her work. She creates watercolor and fabric art from her home on a historic farm in Connecticut.

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