Clover: types, cultivation, planting and care

  • Dec 24, 2019

These small annual, biennial and perennial plants are well known. They have tiny flowers are collected in a rounded head and trifoliate leaves (sometimes the leaves are composed of 4-7 leaves). Clover - an excellent ground cover, but some fast-growing species often turn into garden weeds. Homeland - moderate and subtropical regions around the globe except Australia.

Clover
Clover
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Recommended species and varieties

T. incarnatum (K. crimson, K. red meat)

Annual plant with tiny bright red flowers collected in head length to 7.5 cm and blooming in midsummer. Thin ascending stems bear dark-green leaves with a diameter of 4 cm with rounded leaves. Often it is grown as a green manure (green manure). The height and diameter of the plant 30x30 cm.

annual plant
annual plant

K. ochroleucum (K. pale yellow)

Light yellow oval capitate inflorescence up to 3 cm bloom at the beginning and the middle of summer. Leaves of 3 cm length consist of three oval or lanceolate leaves and petioles sit on a length of 15 cm. Perennial living normally 3-4 years. The height and diameter of the plant - 30x30 cm.

T. pratense (K. meadow)

Bushy fragile semi-evergreen perennial with pink or reddish-purple (sometimes cream) flower head diameter and 2.5 cm, formed from the end of the spring to autumn. Dark green leaves, with a V-shaped pattern on oval pieces of 2.5 cm in length. Usually grown as a feed crop or green manure. If you do not remove the head after flowering, easily sown on site. The height and diameter of the plant - 30x60 cm.

Bushy semi-evergreen perennial ephemeral
Bushy semi-evergreen perennial ephemeral

"Green Ice"

Variety with cream-colored flowers and green leaves of different shades.

Variety with cream-colored flowers and green leaves
Variety with cream-colored flowers and green leaves

"Susan Smith"

For varieties characteristic dark pink flowers and gold veins on the leaves.

For varieties characteristic dark pink flowers
For varieties characteristic dark pink flowers

T. repens (C. creeping, K. white)

White Scented capitate inflorescence diameter up to 2.5 cm from the end appear early spring to autumn. Semi-evergreen perennial with dark green leaves on creeping stems; The length of each circular leaf reaches 2 cm. Due to the creeping stems rooting easily captures the new space. The height and diameter of the plant - 15h60 cm.

"Purpurascens"

A strong hardy plant with a reddish-brown, greenish on the edges of leaves.

"Purpurascens"
"Purpurascens"

"Purpurascens Quadri-folium"

In the variety leaves are formed by four or more leaves.

"Purpurascens Quadri-folium"
"Purpurascens Quadri-folium"

cultivation

Grow Clover in open sunny location with well-drained soil. Plants, however, will grow well in other parts of the garden (except strongly shaded).

To prolong the flowering periods regularly remove the withered blossoms.

When using clover as green manure plants are buried in the ground before insemination in late summer or early autumn.

reproduction

Spring sowing seeds or division of the bushes. Clover is well renewed self-seeding.

Pests and diseases

Usually not affected.

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