Crowder Peas Growing Guide

Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata

Crowder Peas

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Any average, well drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

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


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


Other heat-tolerant summer-blooming annuals.


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.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


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.


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


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

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Crowder Peas