:scratch:WOW, trying to think of what might be better.:waiting: Hmmm, NOPE, I can't think of anything on heavy soils that would be better than Hubam [white sweet] clover. But a reckon I agree if you meant #"One ** the best." Anyway you look at it, if you have sweet clover, :thumbsup:.Oh yeah baby! One of the best.
The white sweet clover I was on was planted as a soil builder, for the nitrogen and then turned under [about midway into the bloom] for the humus. His cattle also grazed it until a month or so before bloom. Sweet clover was the primary source used as a soil builder [nitrogen] until cheap chemical nitrogen came on the market. I personally think that you will begin to see its use increase because of the high cost of petroleum products. It will also grow an poor soils, has very deep root system and the stuff that I was on was very stemmie and 7+ feet tall. Flowers aren't long and thin either. Don't know about the yellow the the white flowers hang down [perfect size for bees and easily worked] and so the rain doesn't wash the nectar out. After a rain the bees start working it almost immediately again.Giant sweet white and/or yellow - up to waste tall or more, very stemmy with long thin flowers. Locally only found along roadways and on the worst soil possible. Never heard of it being usefull other than the nectar.
Please enlighten me if I got this wrong opcorn:
and then turned under [about midway into the bloom]
If it was planted just this year, you have to wait till next year to get flowers. It comes up the first year and builds its root system, then dies back over the winter, and comes up the second year into a larger plant and blooms, then it dies completely.ok thats what i wanted to hear! my neighbor planted 8 acres of it so i'm hoping to have a good honey crop this year!
White Sweet Clover [Hubam] produces the first year. I have never had any dealings with the yellow variety, but I have been told that in Texas if you plant it early in the fall [which is S.O.P. here in Texas] that the fall growth serves as the first years growth, and then it will produce the next spring. However, White Sweet Clover planted in late winter/very early spring will produce and yield the first year [and also go to seed] by late May/early June.If it was planted just this year, you have to wait till next year to get flowers. It comes up the first year and builds its root system, then dies back over the winter, and comes up the second year into a larger plant and blooms, then it dies completely.
Sorry, my mistake, I wasn't aware that there was another type of white sweet clover than that in the Hubam family with the same characteristics of Hubam. If you have more info on the other white variety you might provide it just for my information. I thought there was the yellow variety which was a biennial and then the white variety which were all annuals. I have read much about clover but never any information where there was a distinction between 'regular' white sweet clover and 'hubam' white sweet clover; but thanks for the education.Hubam clover is an annual type of sweet clover, the regular yellow and white sweet clovers are biennial and take two years to bloom.