Crimson Clover Cover Crop

Crimson Clover Cover Crop Seeds

Spectacular beauty fixes nitrogen

Trifolium incarnatum
Fix Nitrogen and Add Beauty—Over and Over
Crimson clover is a beauty, its showy flower heads as ornamental as any cultivated cut flower. But crimson clover is also a nutritional powerhouse for the soil, fixing loads of nitrogen for crops that follow.
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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 90-250 days
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 3 inches
Spacing Between Rows 3 inches
Height at Maturity 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
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Crimson clover is a beauty, its showy flower heads as ornamental as any cultivated cut flower. But crimson clover is also a nutritional powerhouse for the soil, fixing loads of nitrogen for crops that follow and, when sown densely, crowding out small germinating weeds. Sown in the fall, it puts on good growth before severe cold arrives in November or December. At that point it goes dormant, then springs back again in early spring and flowers in late spring. It can also be sown in early spring; it grows quite quickly and can be mowed and incorporated into the soil easily at any point.
Sow 4-8 weeks before first fall frost (Late August or early September in zone 5).

Garden Pack: 2 ounces, sows roughly 125 square feet
Homestead Pack: ¼ pound, sows roughly 300 square feet
Farm Pack: 1 pound, sows roughly 2,000 square feet

Growing Instructions

Sow in late summer or very early fall to see full life cycle of this plant, which involves winter dormancy and late spring flowering. Or, sow in early spring, but be prepared to turn in crop before it matures and flowers. Broadcast at a volume that allows seed to land at roughly 3 inch by 3 inch spacing. Crimson clover is winter hardy to zone 5/6 (winter low about -10F / -23C), and it does not do well in the heat of summer; turn in spring-sown crops when hot weather is about to settle in.