Sweet Tea Wildlife Seed
What exactly is Sweet Tea Wildlife Seed?
Sweet Tea is a special selection of a perennial plant in the Mallow family named Sida that is highly attractive to deer. It is a Southeastern native which regenerates from the roots every year (a big deal!) It is well over 30% crude protein and higher in phosphorus and calcium than iron clay peas, alfalfa or soybeans. Sweet Tea is shade and drought tolerant, and once established, tolerates very heavy grazing.
When do I plant it?
Sweet Tea germinates when night time temperatures are generally above 60 degrees. In the Southeast this is usually some time in April-May through some time in Sept.-Oct.. It starts very slowly and may stay less than an inch tall for a month or more.
How and where do I plant it?
Sweet Tea is adaptive to a wide range of soils except calcareous soils (soils derived from limestone) and seasonally flooded clays. It readily germinates along shady edges of food plots where there is fresh organic matter like leaf litter or pine straw. Sweet Tea will readily germinate from underneath dead weeds or grass around the edges of brushpiles. Sweet Tea is perfect for small remote plots, requiring no equipment for planting.
What is the planting rate?
We generally recommend getting at least 2,000 sq. ft. out of a container of Sweet Tea which contains approximately 3,000 live seeds.
How do I manage it?
We recommend using 10-15 lb. 10-10-10 fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. at planting and then side dressing with that much or more every year in May.
What is different about Sweet Tea compared to regular commercial forage seed?
Sweet Tea is a native or wild plant and has not been through all the breeding processes that commercial forage and other traditional field crops have.