Phacelia offers fast early development for a quick competitive canopy. It spreads very quickly across the ground and restricts the growth of weeds. It’s vibrant flowers attract beneficial insects and it works well as a cool-season soil builder. It’s extensive root systems can reach a depth of thirty inches, which is great for breaking up cloy soil. Phacelia also scavenges for nitrogen in the soil. It will make a good winter-killed cover crop to prepare the ground for an early spring planting.
- Fast early development
- Excellent for beneficial insects
- Good cool-season soil builder
- Will winter-kill but can tolerate light frosts
Phacelia is comparable to buckwheat, but is more tolerant of cold and drought. It is well adapted to most soils. It flowers six to eight weeks after planting if it still has at least 13 hours of sunlight.
Seeding rate is 8-12 lbs/acre at a depth of 1/4 inch. Seed when the soil is at least 60 degrees.
Tags: Cover Crop, Phacelia