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Characteristics: Annual to 3 m spread 1.5
Seed per packet: 5
Pods are similar to English peas, green and pointed with a bit of reddish mottling. Several pods are produced in clusters on an upright stem.
The pigeon pea is a very popular vegetable throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and can be used as any other pea might be used.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Late Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer
Sow: 25mm deep.
Soaking seed overnight prior to sowing helps with the up-take of moisture for germination. Best sown direct in growing position in moist soil.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 10cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 8-10 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Prefers a rich soil in a tropical, subtropical climate. Drought resistant but frost tender.