Chinese Red Cowpea
Chinese Red Cowpea

This year we at Petcher Seeds are promoting both the Chinese Red Pea and the Red Ripper Cowpea. Both are perfect to be planted in a mix with Sunn Hemp, Pearl Millet, Sorghum Sudan, Buckwheat and Sunflowers. The Chinese Red Pea are smaller seeded and are more of a bush type shorter-season pea.


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Both are perfect for drilling into Bermuda or Bahia grass pastures and can be used to fertilize the grass as well as providing nutritious forage for grazing or making hay. Both cattle and deer see these peas to be a real plus over the typical Iron and Clay Cowpea planted in our area. Red Cowpeas offer more than 20 percent protein. To go along with that great protein, these cowpeas can be both heavily grazed or mowed low, and they'll come back growing strong. Other peas and even forage soybeans cannot claim this. It’s also a delicious pea for human consumption! 


This plant is an excellent Nitrogen builder for your soil.

Planting Guide

Chinese Red Cowpea prefers sandy loam soil, but it will grow on most. Ideal pH is between 5.8 and 6.5, with an ideal soil temperature of 65 °F. It is best planted between April and September, at a depth anywhere under 2 inches. It requires no nitrogen, however it will respond well to phosphorus and potash, following a soil test. No inoculant is needed in Southern states. This is a fast, early variety of bush-type pea. It requires 45 days to grow before grazing. It will bloom early and set peas early as well, reaching a height of 2.5 feet. First frost will kill this annual.


Here’s what you can expect when you plant Petcher Seeds’ Chinese Red Cowpea.

Scientific Name:

Vigna sinensis

Seed Count:

7,000 seed / LB.


Chinese Red Cowpea should be planted between April and September.

Planting Rate:

10-25 LBs. / acre