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  1. #1
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    Default Questions about regular sweet clover

    If someone has some experience with planting and maintaining sweet clover( yellow or white, but not hubam) I would appreciate it if you could help me with some questions.
    I know sweet clover is a bi-annual, but how early does it have to be planted in order to bloom the following year?
    Will it keep coming back year after year and blooming? I don't mind sacrificing one year to get it established, but I would hate for the field to have nothing blooming in it every other year.
    What do you do to maintain the field? I don't mind spraying to keep competition down.

    I have some experience with white dutch clover and with crimson, but not much with sweet clover. I am doing an experiment with hubam this year because I like the idea of it being an annual. I've been a little dissappointed with it's growth but maybe I'm just impatient, or maybe it just needs more rain, as we have had a dry spring. Either way it is going to have to grow quick over the next couple of months to do what it is supposed to do.

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    Default Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    I think any time in the early part of the summer is fine, even later in the summer is possible but it typically gets dryer and hotter later. The key component is having enough moisture to get it properly established then having just enough moisture to maintain it through the fall. If it is in a heavily grazed pasture it will suffer as well.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    Thanks Jim, do you know anything about how well it comes back year after year?

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    Default Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    I've not grown sweet clover myself, but I know many sow it in the late fall / very early spring and let the frost heave cover it. Here is a USDA PDF publication I have found very useful in growing many other plants (as cover crops/ green manures) It has a fairly comprehensive section on clovers of all kinds:
    http://www.sare.org/publications/cov...covercrops.pdf

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    Default Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    I am on my 3rd yr of sweet yellow in my barnyard ( heavy gray clay) after intial sowing in August , had plenty of rain that year , it has come back fine on its own . I prefer the white dutch though , because I believe when it is dry ( like now in my area) the florets hold the nectar alot longer than yellow JMHO

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    Default Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    If you plant sweet clover, I would suggest you mix white blossom sweet and yellow blossom sweet about 50-50. The white blossom is about 2 weeks later to bloom than the yellow giving you nearly twice the bloom time. At least that is what I do and it seems to give a much extended time for the ladies to do their thing.

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