Sow months: 3-10
- Phacelia is a quick growing hardy annual green manure that germinates at low temperatures and is ideal for sowing from March until September.
- Will grow up to 1m in height.
- Is tolerant of cold temperatures and may over-winter if it's not too cold.
- Suits most soil types but is particularly good in dry ones.
- Phacelia has beautiful scented purple/blue flowers with dense fern-like foliage.
- It smothers weeds and has an extensive root system that improves the soil structure.
- It flowers from 6-8 weeks after sowing.
- Phacelia is highly attractive to honey bees, bumble bees, and hover flies, and these insects are valuable pollinators. Hover fly larvae are voracious feeders on aphids and young caterpillars.
- Phacelia provides both pollen (for protein – needed for egg production) and nectar (for carbohydrates – needed for energy).
- Phacelia is listed as one of the top 20 honey-producing flowers.
- Beautiful cut flower as well.
- If sown in August it will produce masses of growth that will last well into the Winter. This will slowly die back and can be left as a 'blanket' on the soil then dig it in in the Spring.
How to sow green manures –
- Prepare a reasonable seed bed.
- Broadcast you seeds. If you have a large area to cover it is a good idea to divide the seed and the land into 4 parts to avoid running out of seed.
- Rake in and water if soil is dry.