Austrian Winter Pea Facts
Pisum sativum subsp. arvense
Austrian Winter Pea seeds are used to produce food plots that are appealing to a wide range of wildlife.
Austrian winter peas are closely related
peas. They can grow to length of 5 feet or more if planted in fertile soils.
Winter peas create reddish purple blooms which resemble sweet peas.
When compared to other winter
legumes, The Austrian winter pea is a superior soil improvement / soil building crop. It
tends to produce greater tonnage matter
per acre and will even continue to grow through colder months. This extra
growth yields a large amount of organic matter that can be turned under in the spring.
Type Of Plant: Cool season annual legume
Uses: Austrian winter peas will make a great food plot or addition to a
mixture planted in the fall to attract deer. Also excellent for a garden areas
soil builder to improve your soil. Highly favored by whitetail
fast growing peas will attract deer to a plot soon after germination making them
a favorite of bow hunters.
Planting Austrian Winter Peas
- Date: Sept. - Oct.
- Rate: 50 lbs. per acre or 1 ¼ lbs.
per 1000 sq. ft.
- Depth: ½"
Time: September - October
Method: Well-prepared, firm seed bed, alone or with a small grain. 1 inch
Grazing: Not suited to grazing because of livestock damage from trampling.
Excellent for wild game food plots and as a plow down green manure crop.
Austrian winter peas if planted in the fall will also return to growth in the
Austrian Winter Peas Seed Used For Food Plots
Attracts: Deer, Turkey, Rabbits, and Quail
Origin: Common variety from Europe
Adaptations: Well-drained loam or sandy loam soils of the Southeastern
Benefits: Adds nitrogen to soil and provides winter erosion control.
Nutrition: High quality, similar to White Clover.
Maintaining soil fertility is a big
challenge for food plots and Austrian Winter Peas will resolve this issue. Austrian winter peas are legumes that will grow through the winter
months, when growing conditions are not favorable for other plants. This pea produces a heavy vine growth that will also decay rapidly when plowed under.
The same soil is then in shape for planting crops such as vegetables, cotton or corn that require fertile soils. The increased yield of crops following a crop of Austrian winter peas is a benefit of the usage of this plant.