Crimson Clover

Crimson clover adds a splash of colour to your soil

green manures
Both crimson and red clover are excellent green manures, thriving in low fertility soil. The are quick growing and will fix nitrogen in their roots, feeding the next crop after digging in.
Growing calendar
Sow outdoors Mid Mar - Mid Apr
Cut down/dig in Feb - Sep

How to grow clover

Sow clover seed at 1-2g per square metre by scattering on the surface of your soil, raking lightly then tamping (pressing) down to get rid of any air pockets.

Clover is usually quick-growing and thrives in low-fertility soil. Cut back to stimulate new growth before it reaches 30cm tall or earlier if it's weedy.

Incorporating clover into your soil

Cut or mow clover before digging it in four weeks before the soil is needed, or overwinter after the frost has killed the leaves.

Tips on growing clover

Crimson clover will die after flowering unlike red clover. Both types offer similar benefits to your soil.

Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Average growing period 8-12 weeks (crimson), 12-72 (red)
Equipment needed None
Germination time 5-15 days
Average plant size Up to 30cm tall
Seed saving notes Annual, self-pollinating
Latin name Trifolium incarnatum (crimson), Trifolium pratense (red)
Family group (for rotation systems) Legumes