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Organic Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover


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Melilotus Officinalus

Organic Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover

aka Ribbed Melilot, Field Melilot, Comilla Real, and Official Melilot.

This Yellow clover has blossoms with a characteristic sweet odor, blooming in the spring and summer. A drought survivor, it is the most tolerant of any cover crops that produce a similar biomass. Espescially resilient in its second year, it can do well in a dry spring, when the likelihood of being able to seed another cover crop is low.  A member of the legume family, and treated with the rhizobium bacteria, you will have increased nitrogen production, and thus yield more, as a green manure.

Growing as an annual or biennial and reaching 4-6 feet high when mature, this clover is known to work very well as a fertilizer. With its high biomass and long roots pulling nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to the surface, you can have increased yields to crops like corn over other common fertilizers.

This Sweet Clover has higher biomass production in warm weather than any other, including alfalfa. When planted in spring you can harvest from 3,000 to 3,500 lbs/acre. In its second year, this cultivar of sweet clover reaches its maximum potential and you can harvest an additional 4,500 lbs to 5,500 lbs/acre. Plants may reach 8 feet, with tap root penetrating 1 foot and side shoots as much as 5 feet, helping to aerate your soil, and making it ready for your vegetable or cereal crops.

Excelling as a source of Nitrogen, Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover is known as a traditional green manure crop in the Midwest, before the now overused nitrogen fertilizers were available. Producing around 100 lbs of Nitrogen per acre in a season, it is easy to understand its popularity. Given good fertility and rainfall, it has shown to achieve amounts of nitrogen as high as 290 lbs per acre.

Self-reseeding, thus useful to be grown on near-barren slopes, mining spoils, soils with low fertility, and along "rights of way". Can survive with as little as 6 inches of rainfall a year and at altitudes ranging from sea-level to 4,000 feet.

Also popular with Bees, Birds and many other foragers. Planting this clover will suport your local ecosystem, either by giving your Livestock grazing or hay, your bees and pollinators something to eat, or seed and stems for birds to feed on and build with. There have been yields of honey as high as 200 lbs per colony, and 2,000 to 6,000 pounds of hay production per acre.

Seed production fields utilizing natural pollinators yield between 50 and 100 pounds of seed per acre, while fields using one to two colonies of honey bees yield up to 700 pounds of seed per acre. Seeds can even be viable for up to 30 years!

 

Seeding rate: ~1/2 lb per 1,000 square ft

3-9 lb/acre -drilled

5-14 lb/acre -broadcast

  • Very productive, biennial clover for plowdown
  • VNS
  • Good scavenger of P, K, and other nutrients
  • Grows on clay pan soils or on sand
  • Tolerates low fertility and wet conditions
  • Biennial and should not bloom during the seedling year, but will flower, set seed and die the following year
  • Preinoculated

 

 

 

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