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Cowpea - Leitsy Family

Cowpea - Leitsy Family

HEIRLOOM -This extremely rare seed came from the Leitsy Family in Pomaria, SC. It was preserved by a grandson, Carold Wicker also of Pomaria, SC, then given to Jom Kibler in 215. Grown by J. E. Kibler of Ballylee Farms.

Approx. seeds per packet = 6 Packet $3.95 Packet weight 14 grams

Regular price $3.95 Sale

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
80 10 oz 40 lbs 65
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 50-80°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed 1-2" 2-3" 70
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
2-4" 6-14 Annual 4-6 years

Bed Preparation

Cowpea is a frost sensitive annual that prefers full sun and tolerates a wide variety of soils. Drought and heat tolerant once established.


Cowpea seed should be direct seeded outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1-2" deep and 2-3” apart. Seeds will sprout in 6-14 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 2-4" apart. Plants may need some trellising, but if planted thickly should support themselves.


Cowpea can be harvested in approximately 55-75 days. Harvest when pods are plump and full for cooking immediately or allow pods to dry on the vine before harvesting for long term storage.

Seed Saving

Cowpea is self-pollinating and will rarely cross, although it can happen. Like all legumes, the flowers are visited by honeybees and bumblebees, but only the bumblebees are heavy enough to be effective pollinators on the short stigma flowers. On plants being saved for seed, allow the seeds to dry on the plant for as long as possible, gather and continue to dry indoors with good air circulation and then separate seeds from the chaff. Store seeds in a cool dry place and they will remain viable for 4-6 yr.