Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover

Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover is very useful for a wide variety of purposes and is one of the most widely used clovers for bees as an attractant and nectar source. Yellow Blossom is also extensively used as a green manure crop for soil building, capable of adding 80-100 units of nitrogen per acre. It improves soil tilth and can be used for hay and pasture; however, it may have more of a bitter taste than other species of clover (sweet clovers have coumarin in their plant tissue which can be bitter). While cattle may graze sweet clover sparingly, they will increase their intake once they get used to the taste. Yellow Blossom should be grazed in the spring and early summer when its palatability is at its highest because later in the season stems may become “woody”.

Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover is pre-inoculated with an OMRI listed inoculation for improved establishment and growth.
Inoculation is recommended when planting legumes.
*Details on seed coatings, inoculations and our OMRI certificates are available on our Resources Page.

OMRI Listed


Yes

Establishment

Plant at 1/4″ depth. An ideal soil bed is moist, fertile and firm.
A soil test is recommended for proper plant establishment and growth.

Management

Sweet Clover hay yields are good; however, hay must be cut in the bud to 12% bloom stage because full flowering can result in stemmy plants with lower quality. Yellow Blossom is a true biennial, heading out the 2nd year after planting.

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