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Characteristics: Annual vine
Seed per packet: 10
One of the most important food legume crops in the semi-arid tropics covering Asia, Africa, southern Europe and Central and South America.
A warm weather crop that crops well.
Cowpeas can vary in habit from semi-bush to climbing.
Native to South Asia.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Spring to Late Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Mid-Summer
Sow: 25mm deep.
Soaking seed overnight prior to sowing helps with the up-take of moisture for germination. Best sown direct in growing position in moist soil.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 10cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 8-10 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Adaptable to most good garden soils, prefers an open sunny position.