Growing Cowpeas, also Black eye peas, Southern peas

Vigna Unguiculata : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P              

(Best months for growing Cowpeas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. When soil begins to warm up. After frosts finish.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 15°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: Rows 1 Metre apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Young cow peas on plant ( - Dinesh Valke - CC BY-SA 2.0)
  • Cow Peas (black-eyed peas) ( - Bubba73 - CCA-SA-3.0 License)

Cowpeas are heat and dry tolerant but frost will finish them. Can be grown in cooler areas if they are started under cover and planted out after last frost. They are an ancient food source and have probably been used since Neolithic times.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cowpeas

Young leaves can be cooked and used like spinach and are very high in protein. The young pods are edible.

Your comments and tips

09 Apr 22, Selman (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can I grow Black eye peas in April where I live in south Brisbane ? Thank you .
16 Dec 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
Any ideas where I can buy them in Tasmania please?
19 Dec 21, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try ringing a few stock agency places. Places that sell seed etc to farmers. Try googling it.
21 Nov 20, Promodh Kumar (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Maren Just wondering if you have any cowpea seeds in Blenheim. I would like to plant some seeds in November. Thanks
30 Nov 20, Shiko (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, Last week I bought some cowpeas seeds form bin inn [Hamilton], and sow them and in 2-3 days it sprouted. Thanks Shady
14 Nov 20, Promodh Kumar (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where in Manukau can I buy cowpea seeds
15 Nov 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You will probably have to try an online supplier like Egmonts
28 May 20, Kat (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Is it too late to sow cowpea seeds? Also, can you grow cowpeas and green beans in the same raised bed?
28 May 20, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Have a look at this page
09 Dec 19, Donna Georgiou (Australia - temperate climate)
I would like to grow black eye beans (cowpeas) for family use as we like them fresh as well as dry , would I be able to purchase seeds . [Gardenate: we don't sell any seeds or plants]
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