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Botanical name

Avena sativa

Common name(s)


Plant Care



Planting Instructions

Sow seed in early spring or the autumn, cover seeds with a thin layer of soil. Germination should take place within two weeks.


Keep soil moist.

Soil conditions

Loam soils are best, especially silt and clay loams.

Pests and Diseases

Diseases include anthracnose, crown rust & loose smut. Pests include aphids.


Harvest oats when the grain is in the hard dough stage and straw is slightly green.

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