Egyptian Clover (Trifolium alexandrinum)
Egyptian Clover, or Berseem Clover, is a quick growing summer crop that produces a lot of growth when plenty of moisture and warmth is present. As such, it is productive in a typical Irish summer and is often used with an annual ryegrass for silage and hay production. This fast growing combination also makes an excellent catch crop. It has a high growing point so is not suitable for grazing unless you want to get rid of it.
- Rapid growth in and upright habit.
- Sensitive to frost and cold - dies off at first frost.
- Good ingredient in a catch crop mixture.
- Succulent growth so will break down quickly before following crop.
- Attracts bees if allowed to flower.
Growing Egyptian CloverSeeding Rate: Agriculture - 8-10 kg/acre 20-25 kg/ha Horticulture - 1kg covers 200-400m²Sowing: April to September. Seed is small so should be broadcast or shallow drilled. The ground should be rolled afterwards to get good soil contact with seed.Persistence: Annual. Not frost hardy.Soil Preference: Prefers heavier soils which are not too dry and will not like an excessively low pH.