Green Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)

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This tropical legume is famous and loved in Caribbean cuisine and beyond. Pigeon pea is grown widely throughout the tropics and subtropics as a perennial evergreen and nitrogen fixer that provides protein rich peas. 

Pigeon Pea is a hardy and versatile tree/shrub that can grow in a wide range of low fertility soils and soil textures and will reach about 6ft tall, 3ft wide. Pollinators love the very attractive bright yellow-orange unique pea flowers. 

Peas are super nutritious and full of protein! They have a nutty taste/texture and can be harvested 5-8 months after planting. Pigeon pea improves soil content and soil structure, is ideal for 'chop and drop' mulching, and when planted close together quickly forms a thick hedge or living wall for a perfect natural windbreak.  Pigeon Pea is one of our favorite fast growing, drought resistant, extremely versatile permaculture plant.

Plant Type:
Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub, Legume

Harvest Season:
Late Summer - Winter

Mature Size:
Up to 12 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture:
Will grow faster, bigger, better, and live longer if they have plenty of water and nutrients but are also very tolerant of poor, sandy soils.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

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Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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How to Grow Green Pigeon Pea

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub, Legume

Harvest Season: Late Summer - Winter

Mature Size: From 3-12 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: Will grow faster, bigger, better, and live longer if they have plenty of water and nutrients but are also very tolerant of poor, sandy soils.

Exposure: Full Sun 

Zone Hardiness: 9+

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