Hybrid Black-Eyed Peas??

itsmekarakAugust 6, 2008

Hi Everyone!

I planted a new crop of black-eyed peas from seed that was from a previous crop this year and was concerned that they would not produce a viable plant and/or fruit if they were a hybrid plant to begin with.

In a previous discussion about hybrids not producing viable seeds the question about my black-eyed peas came up. Someone indicated that they were under the impression that all beans and peas, and other legumes sold for home use are never hybrids. Does anyone know for sure?

Happy Gardening - Kara

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jimster(z7a MA)

That is correct. It is impractical to produce F1 hybrid seeds for those plants. They are all open pollinated. The only hybrids you will see are the occasional accidental one.


    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 3:01PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Ditto. Provided that there was only one variety of cowpea grown (blackeyed peas are only one type), the seeds should produce plants with the same characteristics as their parents. If there were multiple varieties, there might be some crossing... but the seed would still be edible, and might even be interesting.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 4:31PM
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