Cowpea, California Blackeye No.5
Delicious flavor, either fresh or dried.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
Cowpea: Direct Sow Vegetable
- Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost from late spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 2-3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
- Thin gradually to stand 10 to 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with seeds.
- For dried bean use, harvest about 80 days after seeds sprout.
- To dry: Allow the cowpeas to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the cowpeas and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity80 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight16-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cowpea, California Blackeye No.5 is rated out of 5 by 5.Rated 4 out of 5 by wabef from Sweet Cowpea Well, not really. They're tasty, just not sweet in the sugary sense.Date published: 2014-03-08Rated 5 out of 5 by gardeninthesun from EXTREMELY PRODUCTIVE I purchased 2 packs of these blackeyes in 2011 from a Burpee rack in a grocery store . I have grown other strains of California Blackeyes before but this one beat them all for productivity. The peas just kept coming and coming. After several weeks of picking, freezing multiple quarts, sharing with family and neighbors, and eating lots of peas, we just finally got tired of peas and quit picking. Excellent germination, plant vigor, and good flavor. I am growing them again this year and the plants are beautiful and blooming. I am expecting another fantastic harvest. This blackeye will certainly have a permanent place in my garden.Date published: 2012-05-14Rated 4 out of 5 by TexasGator from I a bit limited with this review. The Cowpeas have just now begun to bloom. They are loaded with blooms. I am looking forward to having these Blackeyed peas fresh.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by DelawareGardner from Very Productive Easy to grow, great taste, extremely productive - if you pick them carefully, they will keep producing for weeks. We freeze bags of peas and enjoy them all winter.Date published: 2009-02-16Rated 3 out of 5 by ILoveVeggies from Pretty Good. Grandma's are better. These cowpeas were easy to grow, produced a lot of food and were pretty tasty and fairly easy to shell. But...... This is probably not fair since Burpee (actually nobody!) sells the other cowpea that I grew that year - my Grandma's cowpea! She was a South Carolina farmer (tobacco, cotton, as well as the stuff you eat) way back when (she is 96 now). These cowpeas are passed on from family member to family member and kept going now by our family. Grandma's cowpeas are MUCH ***sweeter*** that the Blackeye cowpea. The peas are much smaller than your standard Blackeye cowpea. So unfortunately, the burpee cowpea is up against some stiff and unfair competition which beats them in sweet, sweet taste and matches them in productivity.Date published: 2008-09-19