Bean Southern Cowpea California Blackeye #5 HEIRLOOM Seeds

Bean Southern Cowpea California Blackeye #5 HEIRLOOM Seeds

Vigna unguiculata

Item #0094

75 days. A Southern home-garden favorite! Despite being called a blackeyed pea, cowpea, or southern pea, these are actually beans. Cowpeas produce in higher heat, humidity, and drier conditions than other beans. Plants are bushy and occasionally semi-vining, producing 6"?8" pods produced at the top (crown) of the plant. Resistant to wilt and root nematodes.

This packet sows up to 33 ft.

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Days to Emerge:
6-12 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
1 seed every
3" to 4"

Row Spacing:

Not required

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°?85°F. Successive Sowings (for fresh use): Every 2 to 3 weeks up to 80 days before first fall frost.

When to start inside: Not recommended

Harvesting: For fresh, tasty cowpeas, shell seeds or enjoy in pod about 60 days after sowing, when peas just start to swell in the pod. Seeds will be developed but not hard at this point. For dried beans, wait until the pods are dry and straw-colored to harvest. Young foliage is also edible and enjoyed like spinach. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.

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