Growing Crimson Clover Cover Crop Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Trifolium incarnatum
- Common Names: Italian Clover, Trefoil
- Clover Hardiness Zones: Perennial to zones 6-9, Annual cover crop elsewhere
- Days to Maturity: 70-90 Days
- Crimson Clover Seeding Rate: 1-2 lb per 1000 sq. ft or 20-30 lbs/acre
- Seed Planting Depth: Broadcast directly and tamp ½" deep
- Growth Habit: Heirloom crimson clover seeds mature into a low-growing 6-12" tall ground cover with 4-5" tall allium-like blooms
- Crimson Clover Soil Benefits: Fixes nitrogen back into the soil, roots loosen soil to improve tilth, drainage, and weeds control
- Grow Temp Preference: 40-75° F
- Garden Light Preference: Full sun - Partial shade
- Pests/Diseases/Troubleshooting: Non-GMO Trifolium incarnatum is a cool-season cover crop favorite with no serious pests or diseases
- Color: Classic emerald green leaves and crimon-pink blooms when allowed to flower
- Crimson Clover Mow: When growing as a cover crop, mow down non-GMO clover before it begins to seed, tilling clover back into soil before sowing a new crop.
About Crimson Clover Cover Crop Garden Seeds
Like many legumes, non-GMO crimson clover seeds are popularly grown as a cover crop broadcasted directly in early fall for spring tilling. For a traditional garden harvest or ornamental planting, sow 2-3 heirloom crimson clover cover crop seeds ½” deep and 2-3” apart in fertile, loamy, and well-drained garden soil in full sun to partial shade. Because crimson clover is a restorative cover crop, it will thrive in difficult, challenging soils.
Non-GMO clover seeds germinate in 7-14 days, with no thinning required. Non-GMO Trifolium incarnatum is a cool-hardy crop with no serious pests or diseases. When grown as a seasonal cover crop, mow down heirloom crop once half the blooms have emerged, before crimson clover begins to seed. Springtime reseeding of clover will help minimize weeds in the garden and grow space. Non-GMO Crimson Clover seed is popularly sown with ryegrass as both an effective companion plant and as nutritiously dense source of animal fodder. Crimson clover is a reseeding winter annual with an erect growth habit and a shallow taproot system. Do not use for frost seeding as it will not handle the cold nearly as well as red clover. Crimson clover will not re-grow after close grazing or mowing once flowering has begun.
Crimson Clover Benefits
Crimson clover fixes up to 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre, and prefers well-drained, loam soils with good organic matter content for best results. If your winters -10 degrees or warmer crimson clover is late summer planted and then goes dormant to spring. Blooms in May. Non-GMO and heirloom Crimson Clover seeds are a quickly maturing cover crop traditionally planted in the fall and tilled back into the soil for spring nutrients, but can be sown nearly any time of year as a nitrogen-rich companion plant.
Like other open-pollinated cover crops, one of the major advantages to heirloom clover is that it grows immediately in the spring and will not get heavy and bogged in spring moisture. Like many other cover crops, non-GMO crimson clover is known to replenish tired soils of their depleted nitrogen and nutrients, while improving soil tilth, structure, waterflow, and weed suppression. When not cultivated as a seasonal cover crop, annual crimson clover is an easy, low-growing ornamental crop grown for its charming 4-6" tall allium-like blooms.
Wholesale Crimson Clover Cover Crop Seeds Per Package:
- 4 g packet - Approximately 416 Seeds
- 1 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 2,900
- 4 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 11,600
- 1 lb - Wholesale - Approximately 46,400 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 232,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 1,160,000 Seeds
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