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Growing southern peas quick reference guide

Growing southern peas Guide

The growing southern peas quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing southern peas. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.


Quick Reference Guide

Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Southern Peas
Also Known As Rather than being known by other names the Southern Pea, consists of many different varieties the most common of which are Blackeye, pinkeye, purple hull, cream and crowder pea
Botanical Family - Fabaceae, Genus - Vigna, Species - V. unguiculata
Plant Type Warm season - annual - podding vegetable
Frost Tolerance Tender
Planting Position Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 3 years
Germination 7-10 days at 60-90 F (16-32 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct sow only
Planting Method Direct sow
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 1-2 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area but not before soil temperature are consistently 60 F (16 C) or above
Seed Sowing Direct sowing cow pea seeds 2 -3 inches (5-7 cm) apart in the rows 12-30 inches (30-75 cm) apart. Or double rows 6 -8 inches (15-20 cm) apart.
Plant Spacing Sow seeds only - do not thin
Soil Conditions Well drained - Low to moderate organic matter - Low to medium fertility
Fertilizer Low fertilizer needs, 2-3 quarts per 100 sq feet (2.2-3.3 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing - After the main flowering and the pods are setting
Days to Harvest 50-80 days - depending on conditions and variety.

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