Alfalfa fixes nitrogen and is a plant with essential vitamins and minerals, beneficial for your plants at all stages of growth. Tea prepared with the stems dried and sprayed on the foliage promotes the growth of all plants.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a perennial plant with deep roots in the pea family. Often referred to as the « King of Foods », it is one of the oldest cultures domesticated by humanity. Also known as alfalfa, it is a popular animal feed grown as silage for its high nutritional value. The word alfalfa comes from the Arabic al-fac-fac-facah, which literally translates as the « father of all food ». A well-deserved name. Alfalfa is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including all vitamins B, A, D, E, E, K and biotin.
Alfalfa is an ideal companion plant for your garden, as it fixes nitrogen and accumulates iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Long roots help to break up the soil, increasing water penetration and retention while slowing evaporation. Tea brewed from dried stems produces a famous tonic that stimulates the growth of all other plants.
Alfalfa repels the dreaded harmful lygus, while attracting friends to your plantations, such as ladybirds, predatory beetles and several predatory wasps. Pushing to a meter high if nothing is done, the stems must be cut regularly. It is an ideal green manure, or a mineral-rich addition to any compost. Sprouted seeds are delicious in salads.
Self-toxicity, which means that it, is difficult for alfalfa seed to grow in existing alfalfa fields. It is recommended to rotate with other species before replanting.
Latin name: Medicago sativa
Type: Perennial, forage legume.
Height: 100 cm
Harvesting: In most climates 3 – 4 times a year
Climate: Hot temperate, full sun. Good drought resistant plant can rot if overwatered.
PH: Between 6.8 and 7.5
Substrate: High phosphorus requirement.
Germination: 7 – 10 days / 18,5 – 29,5°C (min 1°C)
Spacing 15-30 cm apart
Seeds per gram: 300 – 400
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