Alfalfa Seeds - Allstar (Medicago sativa) Organic Allstar Alfalfa Sprouting Legume
Alfalfa is a cool-season perennial commonly grown for feeding livestock or as a cover crop, soil improvement, and conditioner.
Alfalfa is also a highly nutritious and natural source of nitrogen and is an extremely popular sprouting legume.
- Place alfalfa seeds in a quart jar or other sprouting container.
- Add ¼-½ cup cool water, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid.
- Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain all water off the alfalfa seeds.
- Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the seeds will drain and air will be able to circulate
Alfalfa provides many environmental benefits including:
- it is a rich habitat for wildlife
- provides an insectary for diverse beneficial insects
- improves soil characteristics
- fixes atmospheric nitrogen
- traps sediments and takes up nitrate pollutants
- mitigates water and air pollution
- provides aesthetically pleasing open spaces.
- alfalfa's extensive root system nourishes both plants and soil, and is ideal for providing erosion control.
For Soil Improvement and Insect Benefits:
- Full sun.
- Sow seeds any time after the last frost in spring, and a month before the first frost in autumn.
- Since alfalfa roots quickly, it doesn’t require deep planting—only about 1/2 in (1 cm.) deep. Sprinkle the seeds evenly onto the soil and cover lightly with dirt
- Water seedlings as soon as they germinate.
- You should begin to see sprouts within seven to ten days. Once seedlings have reached about 6 to 12 in (15-31 cm.), thin them as needed to avoid overcrowding issues.
- alfalfa produces high yields. It is also resistant to Anthracnose, aphanomyces root rot, bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, phytophthora root rot and verticillium wilt.
- Seed Count: 1/2 gr