Hearty like their cousins the green ones. Grew these for the first time last year and found them G r e a t!!
I bought these seeds and they grew beautifully. I planted them on a trellis and I was so excited to see them grow up. Unfortunately, the plants themselves are very tasty for some animal. It ate the stems and the plants died all the way up the trellises. The same animal ate all of the bush beans, but it apparently has no appetite for Romano bean plants, so I at least was able to eat something. I will try hot pepper spray in the spring to see if I can finally get some yard long beans. Or I might try screens around the base of the trellis. The plants are beautiful and vigorous when growing.
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. Yard Long beans are fun, and you can use them as a base for a meal, instead of pasta. They add a nice texture variety. Also great for stir fry, since they are skinny. These purple ones add even more variety, and are easy to pick because of the color.
All of the seeds had good germination. very pleased
I love red noodle.. It isn't quite as productive as the green, and has a slightly lower germination rate . However, the taste is great, and the red color is retained even after cooking. It's the best in a green/red/yellow mix. If I can only have one yard long bean, red noodle is it.