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Cover crops can be planted in spring, summer or fall! 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.
Seeds will store for at least 1 to 2 years.
Alsike Clover is a versatile cover crop that can grow in areas where many other clover species struggle. It can tolerate wet growing conditions and even survive flooding for up to 2 or 3 weeks. 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 - 120 lbs of nitrogen per acre (1.5 - 3 lbs/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.
250g covers approximately 1000 sq. ft
1 kg covers approximately 4000 sq. ft
FOR PLANTING PURPOSES ONLY. Seed should not be used as food or feed.
Can be used with EcoTea Seed Inoculant for increased nutrient efficiency, improved root development and higher disease resistance.
- 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
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Our cover crop seed comes from high-quality stock and is tested for germination. We've selected the best varieties available to maximize each species' potential.