The Q&A Archives: Pigeon Peas

Question: I have some Pigeon Pea seeds and would like information on starting the plants and growing information. I understand these are a tropical vegetable and I wonder if they can be grown in New England.

Answer: Cajanus, or Pigeon Peas, are members of the Legume family.<br>They are widely grown in Africa, and used for the edible peas, and also as a cover crop that traps and returns nitrogen to the soil. Their culture is the same as for any edible pea, just plantthe seeds after frost and keep the pods picked so the plant will continue to produce. These are annual plants that grow to 10 feet high, so plan to offer them a trellis for support. The pods are about four inches long and contain slightly flattened peas.

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