This year I planted pigeon peas in the garden, to see if the variety I got is one that can produce seed before it freezes in November. In the probabal event that it is not such a variety, I have begun researching what varieties are suitable for growing here. What I have found is there are MANY, with the absolute best candidate for Georgia being a variety so named “Georgia-2”, followed by a good but not-as-good variety “Georgia-1”. I have not however found anything about where I can go about actually finding such a variety, so again I call upon the folks of permies! Do any of you in the United States (excluding I suppose most of Florida, Hawaii, and tropical territories) grow pigeon peas such as these or have any clue where/how I might find some? They are a wonderful plant that I grew with wild success in south Florida and they would make a great addition to the new homestead in Georgia if I can find the right varieties.
This is almost exactly what I was looking for, thank you! Especially that last link, seeds in 85 days, that's what I like to see! I could probably get two crops off of those in one year. In other news I have also managed to acquire the rather elusive variety known as "Georgia-2" that I had been originally searching for, by contacting the University of Georgia in Tifton, specifically the horticulture department, who put me in contact with the Dr. who developed the Georgia-2 cultivar, who finally put me in contact with a company licensed to grow and sell the seed, and anyone else can send me a pm if they are interested.
The variety from Reimer does not set seeds in 80 days nor in 120days. I would avoid ordering from Reimer all together. I grow 2 acre market garden. I've received many incorrect varieties and unviable seed from them.
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit