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Crimson Clover


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Crimson Clover            

Crimson Clover is a winter annual normally planted in the fall for forage, cover crops, or garden flowering. In areas affected by severe cold weather, Crimson Clover can be planted in early spring and still attain desired growth and flowering, although maturity will be later. It grows vigorously on well-drained sandy or clay soils with medium-to-high fertility. It favors a neutral soil, but tolerates medium acidity. An early planting in the northern part of the U.S. (no later than August) allows establishment before extremely cold weather sets in. A fall planting is usual for most other areas. Crimson Clover is an important winter annual forage in the South, with growth continuing through winter. It thrives in a mixture with grasses, provides excellent winter grazing, and makes a good hay or cover crop. It is high in nutritive value when harvested in the pre-bloom stage. The flower heads are long, dark red (crimson). Crimson Clover makes an excellent cover crop for improving texture, organic matter and tilth of soils. Crimson Clover will return to the soil as much as 100 lbs. of nitrogen per acre if cultivated under as a green manure.

Planting Guide


  • Seeding Rate (Alone/Acre):  10 – 15 lbs.

  • Seeding Rate (In Mix/Acre):   5 – 10 lbs.

  • Seeding Depth(Inches):          ¼   

  • Life Cycle:     Annual

Seeding Dates:  Northern:  Late Summer – Early Fall


                                     Southern:   Late Summer – Early Fall


Consult your local cooperative extension agent for specific planting recommendations for your area.    Find your cooperative extension agent.




Product Specifications

Sku: Crimson-Clover
Release Date: 10/08/09

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