Cowpeas

Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 5

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3 out of 3 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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2 out of 2 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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6 out of 8 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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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
San Joaquin Steve
Location:
Bakersfield, CA
Date:
September 5, 2014
          4.0
 
Heat Shade Tolerant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Heat Tolerant

What are the cons? Grew bigger than expected

Review:

Red Ripper did very well through the hot summer and low humidity of the San Joaquin Valley. They set lots of pods, even with a bit of shade during the day. A great summer cover crop and the beans taste much better than regular Black-Eyed Peas.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Dottie
Location:
Gainesville, FL
Date:
April 18, 2014
          4.0
 
vigorous grower
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? disease resistant

What are the cons? over took the garden

Review:

These are the most vigorous, disease resistant, heat tolerant cowpeas I've ever grown. They thrived in our hot humid summer, and took over my garden. They grew past the trellis I provided and covered a large bush nearby. They did take a little longer to mature than other cowpeas I've grown, but once they got started they produced a ton.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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