Vernal Alfalfa is an economical, very hardy northern alfalfa type with limited disease resistancies.
Vernal works very well in short-term rotations and is beneficial as a nitrogen producing plowdown either in a mix or by itself.
Vernal alfalfa is pre-inoculated with an OMRI Listed inoculation for improved establishment and growth.
*Details on Seed Coatings, Inoculations & the OMRI downloadable certificates on our Reference Page.
Plant at 1/4″ depth. An ideal soil bed is moist, fertile and firm. Alfalfa prefers crumbly silt loam to sandy loam textures but alfalfa will grow well on most deep, well-drained soils with adequate internal and surface drainage. Plant at least 1/2″ depth on sandy soils.
Alfalfa may be planted in the spring or early fall. Apply lime and fertilizer as needed. Your pH levels should be 6.5-7.0.
Alfalfa will die if the soil is saturated for an extended period
For maximum yields, it is important to have 20-30 plants per square foot during the seedling year for protection against weed competition.
Do not harvest alfalfa seeded in late summer/early fall until the following spring.
Allow new seedlings to start to bloom before the first harvest. Cut alfalfa three-four times a year when stand is 25% flowered.