How to Grow Velour French Filet Beans (Haricot Verts)

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2011)

I like to grow different colored vegetables in my garden. It brings variety and excitement to the space. So along with some traditional green colored beans, I am also growing some purple beans – Velour French Filet beans. The purple color however will disappear when cooked, but they will look pretty in pictures next to my green ones. These beans can be picked when they are really thin, that is the beauty of the haricot vert (French for thin bean).

Pole or Bush
These are bush beans, so they do not need any support to grow. Just plant them in the grow and wait for your beans to come up, usually in 7-10 days. Mine took about a week to come up.

When to Plant
Beans can be planted after the risk for frost is over. You can keep planting them all the way into mid-summer. As long as the harvest happens before the first fall frost, you are safe.

Expected Harvest
I planted my beans after my spinach and lettuce turned bitter. The date was Sunday, June 12th. These beans take 51 days, so I should be harvesting right around the beginning of August.