Red Bisbee Cowpeas

hementia8(8 MS)October 18, 2012

Red Bisbee started producing in July and is still going strong

It has surpast Red Ripper as my favorite which it resembles in all respects

Both are very deliious however the RB appears more productive

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deanriowa(4b)

Those are some nice looking cowpeas.

How did you prepare them?

Might have to add them to my future grow list. I wonder if they would grow up north? Note: Purple hull do quite well here. I checked SSE and didn't see them listed, where did you pickup the seed?

thanks,

Dean

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 11:27PM
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hementia8(8 MS)

Dean if you can grow pink eye purple hull or any other cow pea you should be able to grow RB
It does require strong support as it will grow to 10+ feet if given tall support
I got them from Baker Creak a few years ago
I have them listed in my trade list
I will also have them listed in the 2013 SSE year book
Charlie

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:26AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Dean, I have been told that my "21 peas" is the same as "Red Ripper", and it grew successfully in my location. You should be able to grow "Red Bisbee". I might consider trying it as well.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 2:00AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

"...it will grow to 10+ feet if given tall support ..."

Is it correct to infer that Red Bisbee yields more peas in a given amount of ground space than shorter peas?

Jim

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 3:41PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

"Is it correct to infer that Red Bisbee yields more peas in a given amount of ground space than shorter peas?"

I too would be interested in your opinion on that question, Hementia, since I believe you grow quite a few other cowpeas.

My guess is that pole cowpeas would have a yield advantage over their bush counterparts similar to that of pole beans over bush beans... for a single row. However, multiple rows would require greater spacing between rows for pole varieties due to shading, while rows of bush varieties could be more closely spaced. I suspect that for multiple rows in a given wide plot or bed, the yields would be comparable.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 1:15AM
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hementia8(8 MS)

RB as well as RR out produced the bush varieties 10 fold and are still producing wheras the bush varieties have long gave up the ghost.
I prefer growing all beans,limas and cowpeas on poles as the bush beans are to hard on an old man's back,besides they are easier to see
I also find all pole types are longer living thus more productive
Charlie

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:06AM
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hementia8(8 MS)

Z both RB and RR for me, have an average of 19 seeds and occasionally have 20 or 21
The lenght of both average 11" and RB sometimes 12"
RB has a red hull whereas RR is purple hull before they dry to brown

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:44AM
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