REGION OF GROWTH
Lentils Region of Growth
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Lentils are small, bushy plants with several branches and frond-like leaves.
They are free-standing and erect in the early stages of growth but may lodge in the late spring.
Plant height may range from 15-75 cm although 25-40 cm is average. Lentils exhibit an indeterminate growth habit and so a single plant may have flowers, immature pods and mature pods at one time. Pods will contain one or two seeds.
Lentils prefer loam to clay soils with a neutral to alkaline pH. Soil must be well drained as they do not tolerate waterlogging. They should be grown in areas receiving at least 350 mm annual rainfall.
Lentils grown in Australia are divided into two groups based on seed size and cotyledon colour. Each have distinct users and markets.