Clover, Crimson (Organic)
An excellent winter or spring cover crop known primarily for its nitrogen fixing properties and high biomass production. Large, strikingly beautiful crimson flowers appear in the late spring and are great food for bees and other pollinators. In regions where the winter stays above 0°F, Crimson Clover is sown in the late summer and overwintered as a biennial. Can grow up to 3′ tall. Cover crops are a key way to build organic matter in your soil and protect from erosion. Perfect for summer under-sowing in crops like corn or squash that tend to stay in the field too late to get a traditional winter cover crop going. Hardy to zone 6.
Seed produced by Praying Mantis Farm in Canby, Oregon.
May be broadcast sown spring through fall but establishes best when sown before early summer. Do not cover seed more than 1/2”. For optimal N fixation, mow established crop just after flowering. Recommended broadcast seeding rate is 1 lb per 1,000 square feet.
Collect seeds from seedheads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Isolate from other varieties of same species by 1⁄4 mile.