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Trigonella Balansae belongs to the genus Trigonella and Fabaceae family.

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Trigonella Balansae belongs to the genus Trigonella and Fabaceae family.

Overview of Trigonella Balansae

• This genus is known to have potential in Australian farming systems.
• Trigonella balansae is an annual legume of Eurasian origins.
• It is both productive and able to regenerate on alkaline soils receiving <400mm annual rainfall. • Its upright growth habit and proliferation of seedpods at the top of the canopy make it amenable to low cost seed production. • This should aid its adoption by farmers, relative to the more expensive seed of annual medics. • T. balansae is well adapted to the general soil types where the annual medic species M. littoralis and M. truncatula are grown in south-eastern Australia. • Its general growth, dry matter production and seed yields have been comparable to those of medic pastures. • T. balansae has the potential to complement the role of annual medics in alkaline soil farming systems. The plant is scientifically classified as below:
• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Fabales
• Family: Fabaceae
• Subfamily: Faboideae
• Tribe: Trifolieae
• Genus: Trigonella

Growing/Caring conditions of Trigonella Balansae

• Prepare a planting area in mid spring in a protected, sunny area.
• The plant likes good amount of heat from sun for it grow right.
• Trigonella likes it hot and so choose a location beside your house or garage where the sun shines every day.
• Spread a 2-inch layer of organic compost on top of the soil.
• This will help to fertilize the soil and aid in the help of growth of plant.
• Turn it under to a depth of about 8 inches.
• Rake the area level, and make a shallow trench with your hoe.
• This hoe should be about 1/2 inch deep.
• Plant seeds directly into the garden.
• Space them about 4 inches apart in the trench that is created.
• Cover with a scant 1/4 inch of your soil and compost mixture.
• Water the planting area with a sprinkler for about 10 minutes.
• This is necessary for the germination of the seeds that have been planted.
• Keeps the soil moist until you see green sprouts emerging from the soil.
• Water only when the soil is dry later.
• Allow the plants to form seedpods.
• This typically occurs in late summer or fall.
• Wait until seedpods turn yellow before you harvest them.
• Dry the seedpods in a sunny location for about one week.
• Cover them at night if you expect rain or fog.
• Break open the pods to extract the seeds.
• Store them in an airtight jar or plastic bag.
• This way they will remain dry.

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