Crimson Clover

Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Needs fairly well drained soils
    • Overwintering plants will be 45cm (18") tall with crimson flowers
    • Use 11.3kg (25lb) per acre
    • Open-pollinated seeds

Crimson Clover

Description:

Trifolium incarnatum. Hardy Annual. Whenever you choose to sow crimson clover cover crop seeds, it will flower in April, and that’s the time to till it under or pull it out. As it sets seed, the stems become fibrous and tougher to break down. This plant is particularly succulent and is easily tilled or hoed under. You can remove the tops to the compost, or simply turn the whole plants under. They will be broken down in about ten days, and the soil will be ready for planting nitrogen-loving crops. Plant between late March and early October. Hardy to Zone 6: -23°C (-10°F). 500g covers approximately 179 m2 (1,925 ft²).

(Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
25g (to cover 100 square feet) CC201A $5.19 In stock $0.00
275g (to cover 1,000 square feet) CC201B $9.99 In stock $0.00
650g (to cover 2,500 square feet) CC201C $15.99 In stock $0.00
2.6kg (to cover 10,000 square feet) CC201D $34.99 In stock $0.00
22.7kg (50 lb sack) CC201S $189.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Needs fairly well drained soils
    • Overwintering plants will be 45cm (18") tall with crimson flowers
    • Use 11.3kg (25lb) per acre
    • Open-pollinated seeds

How To Grow

Within ten days of blooming (or at any time before), Crimson clover produces ample organic matter that can be used as a mulch on the surface, or cut and tilled under to improve soil tilth and promote soil health. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow crimson clover from seed.

Latin
Trifolium incarnatum
Family: Fabaceae

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing
Plant any time between the last frost date and early autumn. Hardy to Zone 6: -23°C (-10°F).

Starting
Sow seeds no deeper than 5mm (¼").

Growing
Crimson clover can be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. For nitrogen fixation, allow the plants to grow until flowering begins, and simply remove the tops and compost, leaving the roots intact in the soil. Allow ten days before planting the next crop, and avoid following with legumes like peas, beans, or soy.

Crimson Clover has a rating of 4.8 stars based on 9 reviews.