Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover

SKU: 284215376135191

Trifolium incarnatum

A native to most of Europe is a soft seeded, deep-rooted annual clover, upright growing habit and bright dark red elongated flower heads are produced above the trifoliate leaves in mid to late spring. Its approximate has a 122-day life cycle during this time the plant can reach up to 60 cm in height. Its quick establishment and short life cycle make it ideal for short term rotations. Sow seed in late summer to early autumn. The plant is dormant in winter, then quickly grows to a height of 1m in spring

 

Pros

  • exceptional biomass with plant companion species

  • versatile  

  • will grow as a summer annual in cool climates or as a winter annual in warmer areas. 

  • grows well in most soils, including slightly acid ones so long as they are well-drained

  • re-grows quickly after winter provides an early spring forage legume

  • used as fodder offers good quality pasture, hay and silage

  • has low or no bloat effect on ruminants

  • deep roots penetrate the soil.

  • early establishment and vigour can assist with weed control 

  • great soil structure improver when worked into the soil

  • beneficial insects like bees and ladybugs attracted by the magnificent flowers

  • for reseeding avoid grazing or cutting during and post-flowering, October– November until the seed matures in early summer. 

cons

  • not tolerant of alkaline soils

  • not tolerate drought 

  • moderate tolerance of shaded conditions.

Uses

Can be sown in an all legume mix or a mix with grass and herbs

Suggested usages

Either as single species or as part of a clover grass mixture. The seed should be sown coated with Group C Rhizobium for full Nitrogen fixation.

For pasture mixes its essential to check if varieties pose fertility or bloating problems in grazing animals.

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