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Astragalus inoculant for seeds?????

 
Karl Trepka
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Hi all

just wondering if anyone in oz has germinated Astragalus with or without legume inoculant. If so which one.

also if someone has mature plants that have nodulated well could i buy some of your soil for inoculation

thanks

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Nancy Troutman
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You might talk to your Agricultural Universities near you.   I got Rhizobia free in exchange for sending them soil samples collected a specific way bi-monthly.  The only variety that nodulated for me was Dragon Milkvetch in 2014 and then only 1 plant in the soil treated by Rhizobia.  The same plants in the same soil on either side of it did not nodulate.   I planted Huang qi with soil I obtained from a Chinese grocery in St. Louis Missouri but it died of crown rot in 2015   I will try Huanq qi again in 2017.

So my only success, though moderate, was from the inoculate that I obtained from my local University.
 
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thanks Nancy ive found a seed dealer called Eden Seeds in oz that sells inoculant and giving that a go
 
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I grew astragalus (astragalus membranaceus from Richters) from seed without inoculation.  As I remember the seeds germinated fine in a flat and then transplanted to small pots, I think I tried a little sandpaper on a handful of seeds and that might have helped.  I planted andrographis at the same time so I'm not sure which I did that too but it was whatever the packet said...

I have two big pots full of wintered over plants outside (two years) big tall plants and they are flowering now.  All of the small plants that I set out to make it on their own did not survive. I didn't have any luck planting seed straight into the ground either.
I plan to plant these in the ground now that they are bigger.

I'm hoping for some seed from these before a freeze...I think there's time.

I'll check out the nodules when I transplant.....good luck with yours, it's a great herb

 
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