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About French Horticulture Bean: The French Horticulture strain is a hybrid of white beans with red "cranberry" beans. They are also closely related to the type of bean known in Italy as "borlotti." French, Italian, and American chefs all prize their own varieties of this bean for its creamy, nutty flavor when cooked. Some gardeners consider this bean, a half runner type, to be a pole bean. The beans also make excellent dry soup beans.

French Horticulture Bean Germination: Direct sow seeds in rich, well drained soil in full sun at least a week after the last expected frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin. Plant them 1" deep and 3-6" apart, in rows about 2' apart; press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-10 days after planting. For companion planting benefits, plant bush beans near carrots, cucumbers, or corn; avoid planting them near onions.

Growing French Horticulture Bean Seeds: After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.

Harvesting French Horticulture Bean: Expect your first beans about ten weeks after germination. Daily harvesting improves production; for best flavor and tenderness, pick the beans when they are no larger than a pencil in thickness, or from 4-8" long. Serve or preserve the same day you harvested them for the freshest taste.

Saving French Horticulture Bean Seeds: Near the end of the growing season, allow the beans to dry completely on the vine; the pods will be light brown, and the seeds will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pods. After the seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Detailed French Horticulture Bean Info: Phaseolus vulgaris. Also called French Horticultural or Emergo. Annual. 70 days to maturity. 65 seeds per oz. 12-24" plant height. 3-6" spacing. These snap beans are yellow splashed with red, and grow from 6-8" long.

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