Fenugreek Growing Guide

Fenugreek

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Any average, well drained soil.

Position

Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

None. Fenugreek cannot tolerate cold temperatures.

Feeding

When using fenugreek to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil before planting will give better results.

Companions

Buckwheat, Beans and Cowpeas.

Spacing

Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow fenugreek from late summer to autumn, whenever a bed will be unused for more than eight weeks. Direct seed into cultivated soil so that the seeds are about 5 cm (2in) apart and 1 cm (1/2in) deep. Thin to 15 cm (6in) apart in all directions.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

On warm days, fenugreek often emits a fragrance similar to that of maple syrup. It also can be grown as a medicinal herb.

Harvesting

Mow plants before turning them under, or pull them up and compost them if you want to use the spot for planting right away.

Troubleshooting

Fenugreek rarely has problems with pests and diseases when grown in home gardens.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Fenugreek