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Mississippi Silver Southern Pea

Mississippi Silver Southern Pea

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Southern Pea (Cowpea)

60 to 90 days — Also known as 'Mississippi Silverskin', 'Mississippi Silver Crowder', 'Mississippi Silverhull' and similar to 'Newton Silverskin'. The plants are bush-type setting six to seven inch long pods that are silvery-green in color and fill with large, meaty, brown seeds. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and root knot nematodes[1] as well as being tolerant to other viruses.

'Mississippi Silver' cowpea was bred by Mississippi State University and released in 1965. USDA accession number NSL 43517. Each ounce is approximately 150 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. References:
  1. "The Plant Disease Handbook," Texas A&M University