Red Ripper Cowpea

Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.
SKU: 835865003282-835865077665
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Cowpeas are the most heat loving legume found in the United States. Cowpeas thrive in hot, moist climates, but are also very drought tolerant. Adapted to a wide range of soil types, Red Ripper cowpeas can handle sandier soils much better than Iron & Clay cowpeas. Commonly used by farmers as a cover crop, cowpeas are also widely planted as a high protein deer forage.

Grower’s Note: These seeds are not pre-inoculated. Cowpeas are part of the legume family and may require inoculant treatment for best results. Plants in the legume family benefit tremendously from adding rhizobacteria or “inoculant” to the seed. The bacteria added to the seed forms a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with the legume plant roots. The bacteria help capture nitrogen from the air and makes it available to the plant roots which improves overall plant growth. Unless cowpeas have been grown in the field within the last three years, it is best to inoculate seed right before planting. We offer a full selection of inoculants based on species. Please follow the instructions that come with the inoculant for best results.

Supported Species Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Upland Game Birds
Primary Usage Silage, Grain, Wildlife, Cover Crop


Sun Requirement Full Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0
Days to Maturity 45-50 Days
Height when mature 20-25 inches
Fertilizer Perform a soil test for exact recommendations.
Hardiness Very Tender

Planting Dates

Northern Zone Early/Mid Summer
Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid Fall
Transitional Zone Early/Mid Summer
Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid Fall
Southern Zone Early/Mid Summer
Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid Fall

Planting Requirements

Planting Depth 1/2- 1 inch
Seeding Rate 30-90 lbs./acre
Northern Zone -60 To -10 F
-50 To -23 C
Transitional Zone -10 To 20 F
-23 To -6 C
Southern Zone 20 To 70 F
-6 To 21 C

How To Plant

    Planting Requirements

    Planting Depth 1/2- 1 inch
    Seeding Rate 30-90 lbs./acre
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