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    I just received my crimson clover seed I ordered, when should I plant it? We still will be getting some freezing weather till early May here in Michigan. Should I wait till the chance of frost is over, or can I sow it right now during colder weather? John

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    I would plant as soon as the soil can be worked.
    Crimson clover is a cool weather crop.
    A few frosts won't hurt it a bit.
    The White Dutch Clover I seeded withstood 20 degrees with no problems.

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    I once read that honey bees can not feed well from Crimson Clover because their probosis is not long enough. I understood that Bumble Bees get most of the nectar because they are larger and 'longer'. White clover has a shorter flower so they feed well from it.
    I was going to plant crimson back then.

    I believe I read that in the ABJ 25+ years ago. Back before the Internet!

    I would love to have that info corrected if I am wrong.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    Honey bees can work crimson clover, according to the book entitled American Honey Plants by Frank Pellet. It produces a fine honey. John

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    Its best to sow crimson clover in the fall about october, but I have frost sowed it or sowed it onto snow and it came up ok. bees do fine on crimson clover its red clover that they do not get the nectar from crimson and red are two totally different clovers. its correct crimson grows better in cool weather.

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    Well Snot! To think I could have had some crimson growing in my fields all these years.
    Thanks for correct guys. Guess I will have to plant when I get home.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    Red clover is the species that bumblebees can work but not honeybees. it is similiar to crimson clover

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    Default Re: crimson clover

    I had an acre of crimson,,, bumble bees loved it, not much action by the honey bees. know I have dutch and both work it hard...
    I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!

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