Buckwheat produces an array of flowers and seed in 70-80 days which holds onto the plant well after ripening. On average, the plant height is 2 to 4 feet which is attractive to wildlife. Buckwheat is also popular for honey bees and produces an abundance of flowers very quickly. Buckwheat grows well in most any type of soil; poor, fertile, peat, sand, clay or loam. Buckwheat is not very shade tolerant and can germinate and grow at temperatures as low as 45 degrees F, but optimal growth occurs at or above 55 degrees F. It is very frost sensitive and does not survive even light frosts. Buckwheat has a low water requirement and does poorly in damp soils. Buckwheat is a great addition to spring and summer food plots for quail, doves, turkey, ducks & deer. Buckwheat also serves as a great cover crop for gardens.
Establishment - Plant in the spring and summer. Buckwheat's rapid growth makes it an excellent choice for smothering weeds during the warm season. Buckwheat flowers are attractive to bees and beneficial predatory insects and flower bugs.
Seeding Rate - 35-50 lbs per acre with a seed depth of 1/2 - 1 inch and a pH: 5.5-6.5