Lespedezia Seed, Korean, 50lb
Korean Lespedeza is a warm season legume. It is a fine stemmed, leafy, herbaceous legume with a shallow taproot system. It was introduced to the United States in 1919 from Korea.
- better adapted than common lespedeza because of its shorter life cycle
- can be grown in sandy or clay soils and at fertility levels from low to high
- primary uses are for pasture, hay, wildlife and erosion control
- live stock and deer will graze in the summer
- excellent source of seed and cover for quail and upland birds
- good companions with bunch-type grasses such as tall fescue, timothy and orchard grass
- can provide much needed summer grazing when cool-season grasses are dramatically slower in production
Seeds should be planted (by drilling or broadcasting) between March and April at the rate of 25 to 40 lbs. per acre broadcast or 15 to 20 pounds per acre drilled in a well prepared bed. If drilling, the seed should be placed at a depth of 1/2 inch. When broadcasting the seed, incorporate lightly by raking and then pack the soil surface. You should inoculate seed for best results.
- managed properly, annual lespedeza should reseed itself, but must be manually reseeded at some point to maintain adequate stands
- light grazing will allow natural reseeding
- hay should be cut at early bloom state
- all harvesting methods should leave a 3 inch stubble
- do not over fertilize if planted in mixture with grasses