white clover - green manure
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast
- Flowering period: April to September
- Flower colour: white, sometimes flushed with red
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A common sight in wild meadows, this fast-growing clover has rich green leaflets, often with a creamy white band at their base. For many months from spring to autumn, clusters of near-white flowers appear in profusion and these are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. This is one to avoid if you want a pristine lawn (it can become invasive), but it is perfect if you want to create low-growing ground cover in record time. White clover can also be grown as a green manure crop and dug into the soil before the plants start to flower.
- Garden care: Sow shallowly in pots or trays at any time of the year using good seed compost and keep moist but not wet. Place them in a warm position with a little light shade until they have germinated, then move them into the sun. If necessary thin them out and plant them out after they have grown on.
- Sow: January - December
- Flowering: April-September
- Approximate quantity: 750 seeds
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Q:Hi, can I sow these white clover seeds straight into a clay soil bed or do I need to germinate them first in trays? I'm looking to break up and cover a small front garden with wildflowers. Also, aware that the white clover act as a green manure to help improve the soil quality. Is this correct?
Thanks!Asked on 19/3/2014 by Scarecrow480 from Hastings
I would sow the seeds shallowly in pots or trays first rather than trying to get them to germinatedirectly into the soil.
Yes white clover can be grown as a green manure crop by digging it into the soil before the plants start to flower. Hope this helpsAnswered on 20/3/2014 by Anonymous
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