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Chinese Red Southern Pea

Chinese Red Southern Pea

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Southern Pea (Cowpea)

80 days — 'Chinese Red' pea plants are erect and reach twenty-four to thirty-six inches in height. Its purple flowers develop into six inch long pods that are scattered throughout the plants. They typically reach the green shelling stage in 55 to 60 days and to the dry stage at 75 to 80 days.

'Chinese Red' is a popular variety for wildlife food plots and cover crop plantings. Most cowpeas will add 50 to 150 pounds of nitrogen per acre if plowed under when the bush is in full bloom! If planned for grazing, allow 45 days for the plants to get established. Each one ounce contains approximately 140 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Loosen the soil in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day. Add compost or fertilizer before planting and not after.

Sow seeds directly outdoors as soon as soil temperatures reach 70F. Optimal germination occurs between 75 to 95F. Plant ½ to one inch deep, 1 to 2 seeds every two inches. Keep moist until germination. Thin to one plant every 3 to 6 inches in rows spaced 24 to 36 inches apart. Irrigation is normally not necessary as they are renowned for their ability to grow under harsh conditions. For improved germination of hard seed, soak in warm water for four hours just prior to sowing.