Legume Inoculant - Knowledgebase Question

North Liberty, IA
Question by KAWnumbers
April 28, 2001
I WANT TO PLANT SNOW PEAS BUT THE BACK OF THE SEED PACKET SAYS IN ORDER TO SOW I HAVE TO TREAT WITH LEGUME INOCULANT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS IS OR WHERE TO GET IT. DO I REALLY NEED THIS BECUASE I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE.


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Answer from NGA
April 28, 2001

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In very basic terms, seed inoculant increases root initiation for more vigorous growth. It stimulates root and root hair development and aids in the uptake of nutrients. You can plant legumes without treating with inoculant, but treating the seeds prior to sowing will help your plants grow faster and healthier.

Inoculant is available from most garden supply and seed catalogs, including Territorial Seed Company, PO Box 157, Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061.

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