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Tropical Kudzu (Pueraria Phaseoloid) as cover crop

 
Nandakumar Palaparambil
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Hi

I am Nandan from Kerala,India and is into part time natural farming. I have 9.25 acre of land and grows coconut, mangoes, banana , some vegetaebles
and paddy.

I have been trying to use sunhemp and velvet beans as cover crop but they don't establish completely and local grass takes control.

I wanted to try using tropical kudzu in one part of the farm. I would like to hear some suggestions on using this.

Regards,
Nandan
 
John Elliott
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Although we have a different species (Pueraria montana) that has naturalized across the southeastern United States, I've come to regard kudzu as a very useful cover crop. Kudzu varies in its ability to establish a good cover, but you will only find out if it is better than the sunhemp and the velvet beans after you try it out.
 
Nandakumar Palaparambil
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Thanks John..Today I visited a farm (growing coconut, banana, arecanut, other fruit trees) where they had used tropical kudzu as cover crop. He likes it and dislikes it at the same time. He likes it, since it enriches soil well and control weeds, but it climbs to crops also so every week he has to control it from bananas and young trees. He hasn't found any snakes in it, but fallen coconuts are difficult to be located.

Anyway planning to try it out in one small area of the farm, already got the seeds.

Thanks once again.

Regards,
Nandan
 
Xisca Nicolas
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I don't know which I have and which I should try....
I have ONE kudzu, 2 years old, and never grows more than a phaseolus....
It is hairy.
I can hardly tell this is an invasive!!!
 
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