Project Apis m. is always exploring ways to innovate and improve orchard health and bee health. This perennial clover mix is being offered on a trial basis. Until more results are available, we recommend it be installed in non-productive areas outside of the orchard. We look forward to reporting results of this mix to you soon!
Ground Prep: A good, fine seed bed is desirable since most of the seeds are very small like alfalfa. The soil should be disked, cultipacked with a ring roller, planted and rolled a second time. If using a no-till drill the only preparation may be the application of an herbicide to control unwanted weeds. An application of ‘grass killing’ herbicide may benefit the clovers from shading and moisture stress.
Planting Methods: Use a grain drill, no till drill, broadcaster, or even a hand-held broadcaster on small areas to evenly distribute the seed. No fertilizer needed. If able to irrigate, ensure the root zone has available water until the roots reach 6” depth. Broadcasting not recommended, especially on young orchards.
Plant: After Sept. 10th through Nov. 10th, while soil is still warm – above 55⁰ Sow before first rains. Plant no more than 1/8” to 1/4” deep. Between bearing or newly established orchard trees, on orchard margins, waterways and fallow ground.
Emergence/Visible: 10-14 days
Bloom: If mowed bloom will occur every 25 days during the growing season. Less if not mowed.
Management: Keep mowed to desired height. Nuts can be collected off of a stand of perennial clover that has been mowed low to the ground.