Serradella Igela


Seradela (Ornithopus sativus Brot.) belongs to the group of legume, spring, annual plants . The length of its growing period is about 160 days. It tolerates ground frosts down to –5°C. The seradela is grown in the main crop for seed collection or for catch crops in the form of undersown crop or stubble catch crop. It has a high nutritional value of green fodder and hay because it is rich in protein, fat, calcium and potassium. Seradella is a honey plant.

Seradela needs a slightly acidic soil. The pH tolerance ranges from 5.4 to 6.5. Due to the possibility of taking nitrogen from the atmosphere with the use of bacteria, it leaves about 50 kg of N/ha. in the soil

Igela variety

Plants of this variety have a semi-standing type of growth and produce a large amount of side branching. The variety is medium tall. It produces many light green, elliptical leaves. The flowers are pink in colour. The pods are long and wide. The flowering period is medium to late and the maturation period is medium. The length of the growing season is approximately 135 days. It has a high yielding potential of seeds, from 0.8 to 1.5 tons/ha. It is characterised by a stable seed yield and is suitable for organic farming . It is an extremely valuable cover crop: undersown crop, stubble cover crop. It is possible to use it to create aftercrop mixtures, e.g. with oats. It also brings beekeeping benefits.