What are the pros? High-yielding, likes heat
What are the cons? None
I've grown several types of purple hull peas (including Six Week and Pink Eyed) and like this one best because it yields more. They taste similar to black eyed peas but better and are easier to pick because the pods are purple. Planted May 1 in zone 9a and pulled in mid Oct because I needed the space (they'd slowed down but weren't done). 100% germination. I'd call these a semi-bush plant: they need some support and will send out runners if crowded. Grew 3.5 ft tall. Grew in a raised bed and supported them by running trellis netting horizontally so that they could grow up through the squares of net (5 ft piece of rebar in each corner of the bed, attached net to rebar so it was parallel to bed -- not the way a trellis net normally goes. Added first net when they were 1.5 ft tall and a second net when they were 2.5 ft tall. Basically made lasagna layers of net.) 1 seed packet yielded over 1 pound of shelled fresh peas plus another couple servings of dried peas. Flowers are edible, too.
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