Red clover gives a slow release of nitrogen to help hungry plants. It also acts as living mulch and is a rich source of minerals as vegetable manure.
Trifolium pratense is like its cousin the white clover an unbeatable companion plant.
It fixes atmospheric nitrogen in root nodules and acts as living mulch. The health benefits of red clover are many. It is one of the richest natural sources of iso flavonoids, which are water-soluble compounds that act as estrogens. This is useful to treat menopausal symptoms and to help prevent osteoporosis.
Red clover is a beneficial aid to quit smoking and is a rich source of minerals.
Fixed nitrogen is released into the surrounding soil as the plant decomposes. Neighboring plants, become rich green with this slow release of organic nutrient supplement. Prune the red clovers to slow down flowering; this will give you a constant stock of mineral-rich green manure. Robust and tolerant of many climatic conditions, red clover maintains the friability of the soil. Water therefore penetrates more easily and is better retained. Deep pink pompom flowers on their own flower peaks attract nectar-loving species, but the power of red clover is to be a fertilizer.
Must be harvested in pre-bloom or early bloom.
Latin name: Trifolium pratense
Type: Perennial and herbaceous
Height: Up to 20 – 60 cm
Harvesting: up to 3 times a year. Initial 60 – 70 days
Effect: Aromatic, distraction
Climate: Prefers full sun, prefers moist soils.
PH: Prefers between 6.0 and 7.2. Can grow between 5.5 and 7.5
Soil: Well drained soil, also tolerates soil with low drainage
Germination: Up to 7-10 days – 25°C (min 3°C)
Seeds per gram: 285 – 400
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