Buckwheat

Quick Facts:

    • Tall summer annual
    • Broad leaves that smother weeds
    • Bees love flowers
    • Use 27kg (60 lbs) per acre
    • Open-pollinated seeds

Buckwheat

Description:

Fagopyrum esculentum. Buckwheat cover crop seeds produce hardy annual, upright plants. It grows so fast it can reach 1m (3') tall in only three weeks. Then it blooms with white flowers, attracting pollinating insects and beneficial hover flies. This cover crop grows densely enough that it can be used to smother out competing weed species. Within ten days of blooming (or at any time before) it can be cut and tilled under to improve tilth and add organic matter. A succulent, brittle plant that can break down completely into the soil in a matter of days. When breaking ground for a new garden, grow two consecutive crops. Digging them in will provide ample organic matter to stimulate the soil biology. Frost will kill tender annual. 500g covers approximately 74m2 (800 ft²).

(Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
75g (to cover 100 square feet) CC221A $5.19 Unavailable  
650g (to cover 1,000 square feet) CC221B $8.99 Unavailable  
1.6kg (to cover 2,500 square feet) CC221C $16.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
6.25kg (to cover 10,000 square feet) CC221D $45.49 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
22.7kg (50 lb sack) CC221S $124.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Tall summer annual
    • Broad leaves that smother weeds
    • Bees love flowers
    • Use 27kg (60 lbs) per acre
    • Open-pollinated seeds

How To Grow

Buckwheat cover crop seeds produce hardy annual, upright plants. It grows so fast it can reach 1m (3') tall in only three weeks. Then it blooms with white flowers, attracting pollinating insects and beneficial hover flies. This cover crop grows densely enough that it can be used to smother out competing weed species. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow buckwheat from seeds.

Latin
Fagopyrum esculentum
Family: Polygonaceae

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing
Sow from 2-4 weeks after the last frost date through the end of August. Frost will kill this half-hardy annual.

Starting
Sow seeds 2-4cm (1-1½") deep.

Growing
Within ten days of blooming (or at any time before), buckwheat can be cut and turned under to improve soil tilth and add organic matter. The plants can be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. The succulent plant matter decomposes quickly. Wait two weeks to plant the following crop.

Buckwheat has a rating of 4.6 stars based on 16 reviews.