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Carminat Pole Bean (56 Days)

Slender round, 7-8” deep purple pods are top-notch for a haricot vert (French filet) pole bean. Forget some on the vine or not enough time to pick every day; it's no problem, the larger beans still have excellent quality; in flavor, down-home beany and slightly sweet and texture, snappy and crisp. Stringless.     

50 seeds



Phaseolus vulgaris

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep 

Outside Sowing: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 60ºF.  Sow 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination. 

How much does a packet plant: 12-foot single row 

Harvest: Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually every 2-3 days to prolong production.

Tips: Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. 

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A Pinetree Garden Seeds Customer
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The flavor is excellent and they are a heavy producer. They stay stringless and tender even when allowed to get to 10+ inches. They produce until it snows if watered and fertilized again in August. The vines are stunning and a beautiful shade of very dark, frosty green that morphs into maroon as it ages. The hummingbirds visited this vine all day long, so put up a field camera if you'd like some gorgeous pictures. My trifecta of beans are Carminat, Fortex and Monte Gusto. All are stringless at 10+ inches, tender and have wonderful flavor.


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Hello Lorraine! Thank you for your feedback! Happy Gardening! Matthew

Virginia S.
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Carminat Pole Beans

I always grow purple pole beans. Thought I would try these in a 16” trellised pot on my terrace. They germinated quickly. It is now early September and I am still harvesting these long yummy beans.

Peter K.
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wait til next year

Generally, I do better with bush beans than pole beans. I planted Carminat as a late-season fill-in, beside some of my usual bush beans. Germination was great. Carminat produced quickly and prolifically, outdoing the bush beans by far. The beans are delicious and beautiful, albeit a bit more curled and with more green spots than what the catalog photo shows. Two plants seemed to wither quickly--not sure what got to them--but five are magnificent. Cool weather set in, so the plants never got a full chance, but I look forward to planting the rest of the packet next spring.

Pinetree Garden Seeds Carminat Pole Bean (56 Days) Review
Mary P.
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pole beans

planted late, probably too late or in wrong place, so not good results. have stored them and i’ll try the seeds next year at the right time. overall very good experience ordering from you!

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my favorite pole bean varieties

I plant 16ft of pole beans on 7ft tall hog panels every year, and I like a variety, both for flavor, texture, and to cover bases for seasonal growing variances. After trying many varieties, the ones that I go back to every year are: Rattlesnake, Fortex, Carminat, Red Noodle, Yard Long, and Goldmarie. If I had to limit myself to one, I would pick the Rattlesnake, at least for our Sacramento climate. It's always the first and last to harvest, heavy crops, tastes great, is more forgiving in picking size, and easier to pick due to the purple mottled color, which stands out better among the leaves. Carminat is a nice purple bean for some variety, and is good tasting and good texture. The purple vines are nice looking, but make harvesting a purple bean bit more difficult. A bit later than some varieties.