75 days — 'George's Fowler' beans require a trellis, poles, or other form of structure to support their heavy eight to ten foot tall vines. As with other pole-type beans, productivity tends to increase if the pods are kept harvested throughout the season. Like one of its parents, the 'Fowler' bush bean, one thing that sets this variety apart from other bean varieties is its apparent lack of the typical odor of green beans.
'George's Fowler' bean was sent to us by seed saver Jeff Fleming (MI FL J), who had received a sample of an F1 cross from seed saver George McLaughlin (OK MC G) who noticed that it had attributes of the original 'Fowler' bush bean, but as a pole-type variant. Its seeds had the characteristic "coffee bean" color and as noted above, Jeff noticed that it lacked the typical, strong scent of most green beans. Jeff also observed that Japanese beetles basically ignore this variety, especially when other, more attractive plants are planted nearby.
For many years, Jeff did the hard work of stabilizing the hybrid and selecting for a pole habit, dark brown seed coats, and stringless pods. After the eighth generation (F8), he felt it was stable, named it to honor George McLaughlin, "... for astutely observing that he had a fortuitous cross that might be of value,
" and sent it to us in 2018 for evaluation. Our trial confirmed that this now open-pollinated variety was quite stable. We scheduled a limited production grow-out during the summer of 2019 for introduction to gardeners for the 2020 gardening season. When we run out of seed, please be sure to add yourself to the waiting list. Each packet contains one ounce, which is about 90 seeds.