Johnston's Cover Crops | Legumes

HAIRY VETCH

#1231 | VICIA VILLOSA

Summary

Hairy vetch is a hardy type of vetch suited to wetter soil and colder winters than other winter-active legumes. Hairy vetch develops best under cool temperature conditions on fertile loam soils; it is also productive on sandy or clay soils. It has been reported to grow well on light soils that are too sandy for crimson clover. It is only moderately sensitive to soil acidity.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
1 - Northwest Coastal, 2 - California Coastal, 3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 9 - Southeast, 10 - South Florida
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
24" - 48"
Bloom Period
Early-Spring
Bloom Color
Purple
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Other
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Fall
Plant Depth
1.5" - 2"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
48° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
16,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
MAGNOLIOPSIDA
Subclass
ROSIDAE
Order
FABALES
Family
FABACEAE
Genus
VICIA
Species
VICIA VILLOSA

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 15-20 LBS PER ACRE

AVAILABLE SIZES:

How to Use & Apply

Hairy vetch is planted in the fall wherever it is grown. It is normally seeded at 20 to 40 pounds per acre. Due to the vining, climbing habit of the plant, it is often sown in combination with rye so the rye may provide some support.

Applications

Soil Stabilization & Erosion Control

Hairy vetch’s capacity to provide a heavy mulch aids in soil and water conservation.

Cover Crop

Hairy vetch is noted for its ability to fix large quantities of nitrogen.

Forage & Grazing

It is grown for hay, pasture, silage, seed, or as interim cover on disturbed soil.

Notes

Don’t forget to purchase the required inoculant for this product.

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