Crowder Peas Growing Guide

Soil

Any average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Crowder peas are semi-tropical plants that crave warm growing conditions.

Feeding

When using crowder peas to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.

Companions

Cosmos and Celosia. Other heat-tolerant summer-blooming annuals.

Spacing

Single Plants: 5″ (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 1′ 1″ (35cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in summer, when the soil is warm. Crowder peas will not germinate in cold soil.

Notes

Crowder peas are a good nitrogen-fixing summer cover crop for warm climates, where the vegetable seasons are sharply divided by a period of hot weather.

Harvesting

Pull up or turn under plants any time after they are about 4 weeks old, but before they develop pods.

Troubleshooting

Rarely bothered by pests or diseases when grown in warm weather.