Family Name: Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Synonym: Onobrychis sativa
Seed Catalogue No.: 918D
English Name(s): Sainfoin
Lighting Conditions: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil Type: Chalk, Sand, Loam
Soil Acidity: Alkaline, Neutral
Sow directly in spring or autumn. Prior to sowing soak seed for 24-48 hours in warm water or until the seed swells. Discard seeds that float. Sow 10-20mm deep into prepared soil which has been raked to a fine tilth and watered. Ideal temp. 10°C. but germination will occur between 10-20°C. Germination should be rapid, varying slightly with weather conditions. Thin seedlings as required.
Prefers a chalky, dry, ordinary soil in full to partial sun. This plant will not grow in the shade. Requires little attention.
Requires little attention. Can be cut back to ground level after flowering. Propagate by division or established clumps in spring.
When to Sow (outdoors): March, April, May, September, October, November