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TAGASASTE - TREE LUCERNE

Tagasaste or tree lucerne is a perennial forage shrub or small tree that grows well in mild, temperate climates. It can provide good feed for farm livestock maintenance and for wool growth, and provides shelter from chilling winds. It also supplies good firewood where that is needed. I t will grow up to 5 m high, and almost as wide

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Tagasaste or tree lucerne is a perennial forage shrub or small tree that grows well in mild, temperate climates. It can provide good feed for farm livestock maintenance and for wool growth, and provides shelter from chilling winds. It also supplies good firewood where that is needed. I t will grow up to 5 m high, and almost the same across, has very deep roots which can grow up to 8 m long,. Above ground it has long, drooping branches with dull, blue-green trifoliate leaves, hence its common name, tree lucerne. Annual yields of up to 10 tonnes per hectare of edible leaf and fine stem are achievable. Plants can be safely grazed or trimmed at a year after sowing or when 25 cm high, to encourage a multi-stemmed plant to develop that tolerates grazing. Insect pests can attack stands during the first year, so check them weekly Dropping the seed into boiling water and immediately removing it will break its dormancy but remember that it needs inoculating, though sowing in local topsoil seems to work

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