Phaseolus vulgaris (62 days) Open-pollinated. Velour delivers ample harvests of slender straight bright 4–5" purple pods that turn green when blanched. With Masai and Gold Rush, you can harvest a tri-color-fecta for home or market. Upright medium-sized plants. Light brown seed. Resistant to CBMV and HB. ~190 seeds/oz. ⑤
254 Velour Purple Filet
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Bush Haricots Verts
Average 70–125 seeds/half oz packet.
Half oz packet sows 10-16 ft; 1 lb, 320-500 ft.
Haricot vert is French for green bean. Also called filet beans. This gourmet type can command a premium in high-end markets, but are also reliable and suited to the fancy home gardener. Seeds are smaller than those regular bush beans, and the slender tender pods take less time to cook.
For optimal flavor and texture, pick often and when pods are thinner than a pencil. Picking interval should be 48 hours or less. Be sure soil temps have reached optimal range (60–80°) before seeding.
All beans are open-pollinated.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Inoculate with a legume inoculant, then plant seeds 3–4" apart in rows 24–30" apart after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°; optimal range 70–80°. White-seeded beans are generally more sensitive to cold soil temps than dark-seeded varieties. Legumes have moderate fertility needs and can fix their own nitrogen. Excessive nitrogen may induce some bush varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather.
Saving Seed: Saving bean seed is easy! Leave pods on the plants to dry. Hand shell, or stomp pods on a tarp. To ensure true-to-type seed, separate varieties by 30 feet.
BBS: Bacterial Brown Spot
CBMV: Common Bean Mosaic Virus
CTV: Curly Top Virus
DM: Downy Mildew
HB: Halo Blight
NY 15: NY 15 Mosaic Virus
PM: Powdery Mildew
PMV: Pod Mottle Virus
White mold, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, affects more than 300 plant species. In beans, low humidity, good air circulation and wider spacing, both between plants and between rows, reduce the likelihood of this soil-borne infection.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.