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Red Ripper Cowpea

         
 
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90 days. Large running vines yield 12” to 14” pods that are loaded with peas! This heirloom has blood-red seeds and great flavor fresh or dried.
 
Red Ripper Cowpea
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Bombix
Location:
Rockford, IL, United States
Date:
October 4, 2016
          5.0
 
Pink Tasty Cowpea Rambler
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Healthy, lots of peas!

What are the cons? None

Review:

I grew these by accident and love them. All the reviews I've read are from more southerly locations, but these do great in northern Illinois. They got going later than my other beans, but once they took hold, they went crazy. I grow all my beans up the trunk of a copiced japanese lilac, which ends up looking like a carousel by the end of the season. It's early October, and my red rippers are still going strong, rambling over my peppers with abandon. The peppers don't seem to mind, so I will keep them in the ground until first frost. I still get a thrill opening a ripened pod to find a row of bright pink beans. Super tasty, might be my favorite cowpea! I highly recommend them for zone 5. They don't seem to care about dry spells and couldn't be more giving in the amount of pods. Make sure you have room in your garden as the leaves are huge and the plants love to wander.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Greg Deeter
Location:
Coldspring and College Station, TX, United States
Date:
April 1, 2016
          5.0
 
Garden to Table Monster
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Monster garden to table

What are the cons? None

Review:

Started to grow these 9 years ago in Coldspring Texas 77331. These peas do not care about soil conditions, watering nor even the extreme heat of Texas. They live up to their name. They will "RIP" the hell out of any condition you give them to grow. They produce large pods and taste excellent. While everyone's tastes vary, in my palate and opinion these are far superior than black eyed peas, a Southern staple. Consider the Red Ripper an Heirloom pea on steroids. Easy to grow and massive production of food, garden to table. Makes for a great stew with onions and of course a bit of bacon or salt pork.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
okdeb
Location:
Tulsa, OK, United States
Date:
December 4, 2015
          5.0
 
Strong Healthy Vines
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Productivity

What are the cons? none

Review:

A couple of years ago, I planted some pole beans, climbing squash and cowpeas in large pots against an 8 foot chain link fence. Although all of the things I planted germinated, our hot dry climate didn't allow the squash or pole beans to produce much of anything. Once the heat kicked in, it was impossible to keep the soil in the large pots moist enough to keep anything but the cowpeas happy. During the heat, I watered daily and sometimes twice a day, but only the cowpeas were productive. Red Ripper was one of 4 kinds of cowpeas I grew that year, but it was without a doubt, the most productive. I prefer vining varieties because you can grow much more in less space. Despite soil that dried out daily, the cowpeas kept putting on pods and filling them. I did have some damage from a tiny speckled insect, but still collected and stored a lot of cowpeas. Will grow this one again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Weedinhoe
Location:
Augusta, GA, United States
Date:
December 1, 2015
          5.0
 
Red Ripper Cow Peas
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow; very prolific

What are the cons? none

Review:

Grew these for the first time this past season and was astounded at how big these plants got. I usually plant cow peas down both sides of my 4'x18' raised beds so the bed was literally overflowing with Red Rippers! The game cam showed the 8 point buck that munched the whole bed down over three nights when the plants got to 2' tall. I pruned the plants and they quickly grew back under deer netting, producing until late October. Big pods, easy to shell out, great flavor. A ton of pollinators enjoyed the flowers. I've saved enough seed to plant them again this next spring. They'll be a permanent part of the garden!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
indigowells
Location:
southern, IL
Date:
October 10, 2014
          5.0
 
Survival crop
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? many

What are the cons? none

Review:

Been growing these for a couple of years now from an initial purchase from Baker's. I grow them in the corn rows and they will swamp all but the tallest corn; by the end of summer it looks like a field of kudzu except for where I've cut paths through to pick. In a typical year I can get three harvests out of a single planting, and this cultivar is highly productive. The initial seeds produced pods with anywhere from 10 to 20 peas per pod, but I've been selecting for numbers higher than 18 and have seen overall higher production in a fairly short time. Drought and heat tolerant, no diseases, and the bugs don't even look at them. The deer, tho', love cowpeas, which can be a good or a bad thing!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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