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California Blackeye No. 5 Pea


California Blackeye No. 5 Pea is an heirloom field pea variety with heavy production and exceptional heat-tolerance. Great for harvesting as fresh peas or dried peas. 6-8″ pods on bushy plants. Vigna unguiculata. 70 days to maturity. 1,100 seeds per lb. .

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California Blackeye No. 5 Pea is an heirloom, open-pollinated cowpea variety that produces heavy yields of delicious peas that can be eaten fresh or dried. As with most field pea varieties, blackeye peas are extremely tolerant of high heat and humidity. They can be planted later in the spring compared to English peas or bush beans.

California Blackeye No. 5 Pea plants have a bush growing habit, with some moderate vine production. Although they do produce some vines, a trellis is not needed to grow these. Harvest the peas fresh as soon as pods fill, or allow the pods to dry on the plant for a dry bean harvest.


Growing Information

We recommend planting California Blackeye No. 5 Pea using a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. Use a #5 seed plate, but always check the hole size and modify if necessary. Because it has a semi-vining growing habit, allow 3-4' of growing space for each row. Field peas generally have slightly lower germination that traditional bean and English pea varieties. As a result, we recommend planting them thick and thinning later if necessary.

Field peas or cowpeas do very well when planted on double rows. Plant two rows about 6" apart, then skip over 3-4' and plant another double row. This will allow you to maximize garden space and produce more vegetables per square foot of garden. Peas should be harvested when pods are full and shelling is easy. If the pods do not shell easily, they likely need to stay on the plant longer.

California Blackeye No. 5 Pea Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 3-4"

Row Spacing: 3-4'

Days to Maturity: 70

Disease Resistance: None

Be sure to check out our Cow Pea Growing Guide for more tips & tricks on successfully growing cow peas in your garden.

Customer Reviews

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They was great

Robert Johnston
Our favorite field pea

We have grown this verity for years. We live in the high plans of west Texas. And this verity always handles the heat better than any other we have tried. If you live in a area that sees summer temps hit the 95-110, then this is the kind to grow. They may slow down but will start producing again when it cools off.