What is Tropic Sun?
Our seed stock is pure 'Tropic Sun'. Hawaii is the only US state where 'Tropic Sun' seed can consistently be produced. 'Tropic Sun' is a cultivar release that was developed at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plant materials Center on Molokai, Hawaii.
'Tropic Sun' is highly prized as a fast growing green manure crop for soil improvement. Not only will it add nitrogen (134-147lbs/acre) and organic matter (up to 2 tons/acre) to your soil it can greatly reduce plant parasitic nematode populations in a crop rotation system. It is also an excellent cover crop for controlling erosion, suppressing weeds, and is non-toxic to animals including livestock and poultry. In fact, research is being done in Texas and South Carolina regarding 'Tropic Sun' as a summer annual forage.
What are the ideal growing conditions for Tropic Sun?'Tropic Sun' should be grown in a soil PH between 5.0 and 7.5. Calcium and Phosphorous are the main nutrient requirements for 'Tropic Sun' as it has difficult growing in soils low in it.
Can't I get the same Tropic Sun overseas?
Please don't be fooled by other imported varieties (from: Africa, India, Mexico, Phillipines, etc.) which have distorted our product and damaged 'Tropic Sun's' reputation. Our product is grown in the USA and may be the only non-toxic variety available.
Will 'Tropic Sun' grow where I live?'Tropic Sun' will grow as a summer annual essentially wherever sweet corn can be grown (virtually anywhere in the US). It should be planted after the last killing frost in spring.
How do I plant 'Tropic Sun' to get it's benefits you list?
'Tropic Sun' should be planted at a rate of 30-50lbs per acre drilled or 40-60lbs per acre broadcast. 'Tropic Sun' requires a minimum of 1 inch of water per week. 'Tropic Sun' should be grown for a period of 60 days or 3 feet in height (for home gardeners) before cutting or mowing and incorporating into your soil. At this stage, nitrogen is high and decomposition is fast. 'Tropic Sun' is never recommended to be grown longer than the 60 day period if being used as a green manure. Being in the hemp family, 'Tropic Sun' may become fibrous and difficult to plow if it is left longer than the recommended period.
What is 'Sunshine' Vetiver?
'Sunshine' Vetiver was originally received from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Griffin, Georgia. Among its most useful applications, Vetiver is used in Prevention and Treatment of Contaminated Water & Land, Soil Erosion Control, Slope Protection, etc. It is drought tolerant, wind resistant, and will grow in unfertile soil and rocky areas. The benefits of using Sunshine Vetiver are unmatched and you will be satisfied with what it can do for you. Find out more @ www.vetiver.org
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