Alsike Clover

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All orders are sent using Canada Post Flat Rate Shipping. Same price no matter how large or small the order. Order anytime and plant in spring, summer or fall! Seeds will store for at least 2 to 3 years. 

Remember that ¼ to ⅓ of your growing area should be planted to green manure cover crops every year. This ensures your soil stays healthy and productive over time.

Description

Alsike Clover is a versatile cover crop that is able to grow in areas that many other clover species struggle. It can tolerate wet growing conditions and can even survive flooding for up to 2 or 3 weeks at a time. It grows well in soils that are too acidic or alkaline for other clovers and also performs well on clay soils. Alsike does poorly under dry conditions and does not tolerate drought.  

Like other clovers, Alsike is a legume that fixes between 70 - 120lbs of nitrogen per acre (1.5 - 3lbs/1000 sq. ft) and scavenges other nutrients adding fertility to the soil. It also provides habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Its biomass breaks down easily when mowed, producing readily available organic matter. 

Alsike Clover is best planted as a garden companion cover crop or in combination with other species to grow a diverse canopy cover. Its weak stems make it prone to falling over and lodging, so other species such as grasses help to keep the plants upright. It can be planted into bare soil or overseeded into existing vegetation such as grass cover. 

Grows as a perennial in Zone 3 or warmer. Prefers full-sun and cool summer conditions. It can be planted in spring or fall, however, young plants require at least 6 weeks of growing season before freezing temperatures if planted in fall. The plants are hardy and can be mowed when needed. Most growers mow at least once during or after flowering.    

INOCULATED WITH Nitragin® Gold (Nitrogen-fixing bacteria Rhizobium leguminosarum), Non-GEO.

250g covers approximately 1000 sq. ft
1 kg covers approximately 4000 sq. ft

Quick Guide

  • Latin Name: Trifolium hybridum
  • Hardiness: Perennial in zone 3 or warmer
  • Growth Rate: slow 
  • Germination: 21 days
  • Planting Dates: Feb 15-May 15 or Aug 15-Oct 15 
  • Seeding Rate: 250g-500g per 1000 sq. ft (11kg-22kg per acre)
  • Max Planting Depth: 0.25” deep or broadcast and tamp to 0.25” deep
  • Growth Habit: Upright 16" tall ground cover with 4-5" tall blooms  
  • Benefits: Adds nitrogen to the soil, roots loosen ground to improve tilth & drainage, breaks down quickly when mowed, feeds pollinators
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Usual Seed Life: 3-5 years
  • Cover Crop Management: Mow at flowering or when needed

Highest Quality Standards

Our cover crop seed comes from high-quality stock and is tested for germination. We've selected the best varieties available in order to maximize each species potential.

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