BOTANICAL NAME: Melilotus alba
DESCRIPTION:Upright biennial often used for poor soils. Outstanding bee plant. Drought resistant and winter hardy through zone 4. Takes a wide range of soils and climates, and will pierce through subsoil. pH 6.5 or higher. Fixes to 125 lbs of nitrogen an ancre. Grazing animals love it. Grows very tall-to fix feet.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: C/Matures 17-26/Harvest 2/Spacing 5"
WHEN TO PLANT: spring-fall
GERMINATION DAYS: 10-14
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2"
SEEDS PER PACKET: 2500 seeds, covers 220 square feet
SEED CODE: C
DAYS TO MATURITY: 70-182
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Need adequate calcium and phosphorous to perform well. Likes neutral to alkaline loams, but pretty tolerant of heavy, poorly-drained soils. If broadcasting, overseed by a third, and cover seed 2-3 times its width with soil and firm down. Protect from birds if needed, and water to establish, especially with severe frosts. Requires 17" of rainfall per year.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bee Friendly, Fodder Crop