Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
The Caseknife Pole Bean is one of the oldest documented bean varieties in American gardens, dating to the 1820's. In 1863, Fearing Burr, in Field and Garden Vegetables of America, said Caseknife was "common to almost every garden". The name refers to its wide, flattened, slightly curving mature pod - similar to a dinner knife or knife sheath. This vigorous climber has unusually large foliage and the white flowers yield 8-9", fibrous pods full of plump shelling beans. Harvest immature pods for sweet string beans.
Direct sow seeds after the last spring frost. Vines require a trellis or bean poles of at least 8' for support. Approximately 20-25 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1"||8-12" apart in a row; or 6-8 beans around each pole||60-80||8-9'H|