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.
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!
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.
Looking forward to trying my beans!
Absolutely the best bean ever! Grew successive crops all summer,every 2 weeks, and had perfect 8-10" stringless purple beans right until October 15 here on Cape Cod...will definitely grow these every year