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Pigion Pea Brown and Green BeansBotanical Name: Cajanus cajan

A woody, fast growing leguminous shrub, to 3.6 m, with yellow and red flowers. It is hardy, widely adaptable and tolerant of temperatures as high as 35C. It can be killed by heavy frost. The seeds are 25% protein, can be eaten fresh or as split dried peas, are used for dhal in India, contain 5 times more Vitamin A and C than green peas. The leaves and young shoots can be eaten cooked, they are fibrous and have a strong spicy odour. Animal Fodder; an excellent feed for cattle, pigs and poultry. Green Manure; incorporate the plants as they flower. Mulch production; can be cut many times in a season. Windbreaks; suitable as a shelter belt around vegetable gardens and plants provide nitrogen, habitat and soil stabilisation. Permaculture - plant on west side of newly planted trees to provide wind and sun shelter and a ready source of mulch. Prune back to control growth and use as mulch on your young tree.

Other Names: Pidgeon, #AM
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Plant Information or Specifications

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Perennial Vegetables (#PerennialVegetables)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

First Year

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)



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Rhizobium is required for fixing Nitrogen and productivity | Mohan Udiavar - Sydney, NSW 21-Oct-2016
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Pigeon Pea (Seedling) 10/10

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 781 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Loving these trees! I started with one, but I chucked some seed about, and I've a few more in strategic places, now, and would like a few more. While they are great for a prolific food provider, and the leaves make excellent compost additions, what I really love about them, is that the Morning Glory will not grow near them!! The only thing I have ever found that keeps the Morning Glory back!

The immature fruit are okay, especially if you actually shell them, but I prefer them dried on the bush and then shelled. I spread the harvested dried peas on a baking sheet and bake them at a VERY low temp- 70-80d C, to kill of any insect eggs or bacteria. Then they store well in a glass jar until I want to use them, which I cook them like any other dried legume. 

They are prone to attack from some insect, I don't know what, but every sixth or seventh pod will have a hole in it, and the inside will either be mouldy, or have webs inside, or the peas will be shrivelled up. Honestly, though, they are so incredibly prolific that I don't bother doing anything about it. The birds come and pick over the trees every once and a while, and I'll leave it at that. Never seen any sort of disease attack them or anything. 

Only problem with them, is that when they fruit, they fruit so heavily, that the entire bush bends over!! The branches will be resting on the ground! It can look very messy and you can't have anything growing underneath that might be squished by the laden branches. And I have to time things well, as my peas will be almost dry, and then all of a sudden we are expecting rain! If they get too wet when they are drying out, some of them start to rot. Best to harvest whole branches with the pods still attached and then hang them somewhere under cover to finish drying. And then bake them, of course, to finish drying any that were not quite ready.

Other than that, I don't water them after they've had a few weeks to establish in the ground. They prefer crappy soils and no fertiliser, so they're an easy plant-and-forget food source. And, of course, the leaves really do fill out the compost well, as do the empty dried pods, and break down quickly to make lovely rich compost. Very multi purpose and useful, very fast growing, and attractive, when they aren't sprawled across the ground like swooning ladies.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: No

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Pigeon Pea 9/10

Newbie2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1762 days 14hrs

Comments: - I want this plant for several reasons: as a hegde across the front of the yard to screen off the road, improve soil structure, nitrogen for young fruit trees and shade from the summer sun for my permaculture garden. I'm also keen to try a new fruit/veg

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Pigeon Pea (Seedling) 7/10

Luong21's Edible Fruits
Update: 1396 days 0hrs

Comments: - Growing for mulch and peas, hoping to get some peas soon.

Planted: 2016

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring

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Pigeon Pea 10/10

S21228381's Edible Fruits
Update: 396 days 2hrs

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Fast growing; edible peas (dahl); good nitrogen fixing properties; chickens love the leaves and seed pods.

Fruiting Months July

Planted: 2019

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Water Given in: Summer

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

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