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California Blackeye #5 Southern Pea

California Blackeye #5 Southern Pea

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California Blackeye #5

70 days — An old standard and probably one of the most commonly recognized of the Southern pea varieties. 'California Blackeye #5' plants are vigorous, high yielding, have a high bushy growth habit with lavender flowers, setting eight inch pods at the foliage level. It is also resistant to wilt and root knot nematodes.[1] 

The peas can be harvested at the green shell stage at 60 to 65 days and at the dry pea stage at about 80 to 85 days. 'California Blackeye #5' remains one of the most popular varieties for the garden. Each ounce is approximately 90 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Loosen the soil in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day. Add compost or fertilizer before planting and not after.

Sow seeds directly outdoors as soon as soil temperatures reach 70F. Optimal germination occurs between 75 to 95F. Plant ½ to one inch deep, 1 to 2 seeds every two inches. Keep moist until germination. Thin to one plant every 3 to 6 inches in rows spaced 24 to 36 inches apart. Irrigation is normally not necessary as they are renowned for their ability to grow under harsh conditions. For improved germination of hard seed, soak in warm water for four hours just prior to sowing. Informational References:
  1. "The Plant Disease Handbook," Texas A&M University