Propagated by seeds, which require scarification or by cuttings. Sowed into seed beds or directly into field at 60 cm spacing with 3-4 seeds per hole. Seeds germinate in 4 days. Cuttings should be 30 cm long, cut 2-3 days before planting, and planted with 2-3 cuttings per hole. Weeding necessary 1 month before and after planting. Cover crop should be cut back every 3-5 months and replaced after 2 years.
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Tree Benefits and Uses
- Livestock Forage
Widely used as a source of the blue dye indigo throughout the tropics and this dye can be sold. The tree is recommended as a cover crop and for green manure, especially in coffee plantations. The leaves of Indigofera arrecta and Indigofera tinctoria are used in traditional medicines for epilepsy and nervous disorders and to heal sores and ulcers.
- Soil Improvement
- Nitrogen Fixation