Berseem Clover Seeds

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Berseem clover suppresses weeds, prevents erosion, and fixes nitrogen in the soil. Often called the “king of forage” Berseem germinates rapidly, grows quickly, and produces abundant biomass which breaks down to replenish organic matter. Attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects. A green manure crop that does not re-seed in the garden. (Trifolium alexandrinum)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Bee Friendly
Groundcover
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Soil Enhancer
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size18-30" tall
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
SKUAM016031

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
16-20” tall and wide. Berseem clover is widely adaptable to all but sandy soils and is tolerant of soil salinity. A heavy nitrogen producer, especially on infertile soils. Berseem is a warm-season crop sown in the spring in northern states where it grows as a summer annual. In the south, sow seeds late summer or early fall for a winter annual cover. Can also be sown in August for late-summer cover in both regions. Berseem is the least winter-hardy of the clovers, making it an easy cover crop to winter kill. Mow plants when they reach 14 inches. Plants may re-sprout from the crown to produce additional biomass. Plow cuttings into soil for green manure or allow to decompose on the soil surface.
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Associated SKUsAM016031
AM012350 (1/4 Pound)
AM012347 (1 Pound)
AM012348 (5 Pounds)
AM012349 (10 Pounds)
Botanical Name
Trifolium alexandrinum
Common Name
Berseem Clover
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Flower Color
Cream
Mature Height
18-30" tall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Item Unit
5 Pounds
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Species
Seeds Per Pound
200000
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Non-GMO
Yes
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Bee Friendly, Groundcover, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Soil Enhancer
Ships As
Seed
Additional Information
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Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
Yes
Planting & Care

Download our printable Grass Planting Guide, with Seeding Rates.

Create a Low-Maintenance Lawn or Add Nutrients to Your Soil with Grass and Groundcover Seeds.

Orchard Grass
Orchard Grass is a versatile variety that can be planted as a cover crop.

Getting Started: When to Plant

Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring: The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone, but is usually in the spring, once temperatures have reached a consistent 60 F and there is no more danger of frost. Grass can be planted through the end of July but no later. If you’re planting in the fall, wait until after there have been a few killing frosts so the seeds you plant will lie dormant until the spring.

Planting as a Cover Crop or Green Manure

If you're planting grasses, legumes or clover to replenish nutrients, suppress weeds or more, we recommend planting in early to mid fall. Let the grass grow until frost. Come spring, mow before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

Which plants are best for cover crops?

Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed. A larger seed (such as a Fescue) can be seeded at 10lbs/1,000 square feet. A smaller seed (such as a Bluegrass) can be seeded as low as 2lbs/1,000 square feet. To see planting rates for each individual variety, please view the chart on the back page of this guide.

If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

Preparing the Area for Planting

We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add a product to help aerate your soil to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

Step-By-Step Planting Instructions

Medium Red Clover
Medium Red Clover helps add nutrients to soil.
  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. See the back of the this guide for seeding rates. To make sure you're spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.
  2. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.
  3. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, sterilized straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.
  4. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  5. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. This information can be found on our website at the specific product page. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times — the seedlings will be somewhat tender.
  6. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333.

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