Serradella belongs to the Fabaceae (legume) family. It develops a semi-erect habit at the initial development stage. The stems become thinner, slender, broadly branched and creeping with time. The flowers are gathered in clusters at the leaf axils. The foliage is small and odd-pinnate. Serradella's well developed root system is densely covered with nodules bulging with nitrogen fixing bacteria.
Bird's foot, as this plant is called, is widely grown as an annual, general purpose plant. Its excellent phytosanitary properties as after crop are widely respected. It is also highly valued as green forage and pasture plant. It will also help you infuse the soil with nitrogen, if you decide to use it as a green fertilizer. Serradella is grown both from pure sow and in seed mixtures, may also be cultivated as undercrop, as it tolerates shade very well.
The presented plant is undemanding in regard to the soil and belongs to the rare species that tolerate acidic and light soils. It owes its common name, the "sand clover" to that very fact. Despite high requirements in regard to water, it is able to satisfy its needs by absorbing dew and mist through hairy leaves. Small serradella seeds are sown shallow in spring for the main crop. Plan the sow for July and August, if you intend to grow it as catch crop or green fertilizer for ploughing. Serradella can be grazed as soon as it grows 20 cm tall. This plant is resistant to treading and grazing. One cutting is also possible. Serradella green forage is highly nutritious and eagerly eaten by animals. It is particularly well suited for silage. We recommend to feed it to milk cattle in the first place, as it will improve milk quality. We also value bird's foot as bio-mass that increases the amount of organic matter in soil and improves its structure. It stimulates development of useful micro-organisms. Serradella is also considered a melliferous plant.
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All of the seeds sold in our shop come from the best producers from across the European Union. Thanks to a long-standing cooperation with them we were able to develop the most adequate storing and dispatch conditions, guaranteeing that you always receive fresh and carefully tested batches of seeds. Exclusion of the middlemen from the whole process not only makes it possible for us to avoid sending out-of-date seeds that might have been lying too long on a warehouse shelf, but also ensures the most attractive price for top quality products.
The quality control process
All our seeds must pass a four-stage quality control process.
Stage one begins with a careful selection of the suppliers. Than we proceed with controlling their crops, foreign producers are not excluded from the quality control process. Plants are checked at every stage of their development: when they start to grow, during blooming and when they start bearing fruit (seeds). At this stage the most important thing is to ensure proper spacing of the plants. Thanks to that obtaining the desired morphological characteristics of each particular species or variety, such as colour, height and shape, can be ensured.
Stage two consists of a detailed verification tests in laboratory conditions. With the use of the highest quality equipment by the highly qualified staff, our suppliers perform more than 30 000 quality checks annually. The seeds that do not meet our requirements are subject to technological refining processes, including drying, cleaning, upgrading and testing again.
Stage three starts with sowing seeds in selected control plots. That way we obtain valuable, exact information concerning their germination that must be maintained at an appropriate level. Simultaneously, the varietal identity of each species is checked at this stage.
Stage four takes place in our warehouses and consists of eliminating seeds that have been stored for too long on our shelves and replacing them with new batches. Each package is stamped with a unique batch number and also with the sow-by-date.
All four stages combined allow us to state with confidence that the seeds we deliver comply with the highest standards and have completed all required control stages with flying colours.
Prizes and awards
The seeds we sell are widely recognized for their quality and have won many awards. Our seeds won numerous gold medals and distinctions for their high quality. The World of Flowers was also honoured for its innovative approach.
Among those awards there were: TOP INNOVATION (June 2015), GOLD MEDAL AT THE POZNAN INTERNATIONAL FAIR (2015), CONSUMER QUALITY LEADER (2014), FARMER OF THE YEAR (2014).
In addition, we have also been awarded the “IDEAL BUSINESS” certificate for two years in a row.
We are committed to selling only the highest quality seeds. Taking into consideration the efforts we make daily, please also note that plants are living organisms and their germination and growth depends on many factors, such as temperature, soil type, humidity and the frequency with that they are watered, sowing time and conditions, use of fertilizers and plant protection agents (pesticides), as well as weather and climate conditions. We provide help by sharing the accurate and up-to-date sowing and growing information, however, we cannot bear any responsibility for the plants that were not cultivated in conditions appropriate for given species.