Linseed is an annual, warm-season broadleaf flowering plant.
Linseed or Flax, is often used as a companion crop in warm-season mixtures with the aim of attracting and maintaining pollinators in the orchard – throughout the year. By including it in your cover crop or Green Manure mix it gives you the added benefit of building organic matter to then be sown directly back into the ground, attracts pollinators and also attracts insect predators to help keep your orchards safe naturally.
- Suitable for rainfall 400-750mm
- Linseed grows best in well structured soils, with heavier textured soils preferable to lighter sands. It can tolerate some waterlogging, but should not be sown in the autumn on land that is poorly drained.
- It will tolerate acidic soils unless the pH values are very low, in which case crops may benefit from lime application.
- Low nutrient demand
- Flowering can last 2-4 weeks
- Use in a cover crop mix at 3-6kg/ha or as a standalone crop sown at 25-50kg/ha
- Helps mobilise phosphorus in soil