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Mississippi Purple Southern Pea

Mississippi Purple Southern Pea

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Mississippi Purple
Southern Pea (Cowpea)

60 days — 'Mississippi Purple' is a brown crowder type cowpea. The plants are semi-vining in growth habit setting pods early and concentrated, slightly above the plant, making the task of picking easier. The lavender colored flowers yield pods are light green in color, maturing to reddish-purple and turn brown when dry. They contain up to fourteen peas per pod and are very easy to shell. The peas are large and green at the "shelly stage."

Bred by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and released in 1973. Resistant to multiple diseases including root knot nematodes, bacterial blight and  Fusarium wilt.[1] USDA accession number NSL 92537. Each ounce is approximately 165 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 Sources:
  1. "The Plant Disease Handbook," Texas A&M University.