SEED TYPE: WHITE CLOVER
Trifolium repens, the white clover, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the bean family Fabaceae. It is native to Europe, including the British Isles, and central Asia and is one of the most widely cultivated types of clover.
How do you germinate clover seeds?
Place clover seeds in a quart jar or other sprouting container. Add ¼-½ cup cool water, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid and soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain all water off the seeds. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the seeds will drain and air will be able to circulate.
Germination Time: two to three days
When clover seeds are planted correctly on prepared soils, they can sprout in two to three days in the summer. Also, clovers take less than a week to germinate and sprout when temperatures are around 59 degrees Fahrenheit
Trifolium repens WHITE CLOVER herbaceous perennial plant Cover Crop Organically
What is the best time to plant clover?
The best time to plant clover in the spring is from mid-April to mid-May to coincide with spring rains. Clover needs about 30 inches of rain, ideally at least 45 inches, and from four to six hours of sunlight daily. If you are able to irrigate, seed clover in late summer to early autumn.
Cover Crops: White clover serves best as an inter-row ground cover for many cash crops and should be used simultaneously with them. White clover is increasingly used in a number of non-traditional ways. Living or dead mulches, green manure or a living understory for arable cropping or horticulture are notable examples in which clover's N contribution is a significant factor. It is also a valuable component of seed mixtures for set-aside arable land, horse grazing or deer farming and plays an important role in honey production. It has been used in seed mixtures to attract wild geese onto sanctuaries, thus reducing damage to farmland. With other forage legumes, white clover is an integral part of various organic farming systems, whether stockless or livestock orientated, and it is utilizable as a "vegetable" in human nutrition or for a "wine". Clover can be used in many ways in extensive grassland farming or in amenity grassland but its role as a constituent of wildflower meadows is noteworthy for both its beauty and agronomic qualities.