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Lupin (Lupinus angustifolius)


  • Annual
  • Leaves: digitate, sparsely hairy
  • Height: 60-100 cm
  • Flowers: clusters
  • Root: white, deep, strong taproot with nodules
  • Very strong, extensive root system
  • Blue (narrow-leafed) lupin is the preferred catch crop variety
  • No mycorrhization


Environmental needs:

  • Blue (narrow-leafed) lupin prefers fresh, less acidic soils
  • Loamy sand, sandy loam
  • Requires lots of water to trigger germination - only germinates in the right weather conditions
  • Moderately warm climate
  • Roots are able to utilise low soil moisture
  • Sensitive to dry conditions in late summer
  • Dies off at temperatures below -4 to -6 °C


  • Blue (narrow-leafed) lupin contains bitter substances and is mainly used as green manure
  • Yellow and blue lupins improve soil structure and are considered pioneer plants


Green manure:

  • Roots penetrate soil deeply
  • Nitrogen-fixing
  • Plenty of green manure mass that dies off in winter (harvest residue: 16-20 quintals DM/ha)
  • Roots improve soil both biologically and mechanically
  • Roots penetrate compacted soil layers
  • Valuable precrop
  • Very good bee pasture


Function within TerraLife:  

  • Dry germinating
  • Deep rooting
  • Tap rooting
  • Nitrogen-fixing
  • Phosphorus-fixing


TerraLife mixtures:

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