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Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.)




Characteristics:

  • Annual
  • Sparingly hairy plant
  • Leaves: trifoliate, shape and density of foliage similar to alfalfa/lucerne
  • Slender, succulent stems with transverse rings
  • Height: with support, Egyptian clover can grow up to 1.5 m tall
  • Flowers: cream-coloured, at the tip
  • Root: spindle-shaped taproot with few lateral roots; main root mass in the uppermost 30 cm
  • Susceptible to clover rot
  • Rapid growth, good tillering
  • Rapid juvenile development, good competitive ability

 

Environmental needs:

  • Sensitive to frost and cold; dies off at first frost
  • Needs plenty of warmth and moisture
  • Prefers heavy to medium heavy, not too dry soils
  • Sensitive to excessively low pH values

Use:

  • As main crop mainly in combination with Lolium varieties
  • Timely use is important, as the stem tends to produce lignin
  • Catch crop
  • Low regrowth
  • Suitable mixture component for many other catch crop varieties
  • Good hay crop

 

Green manure:

  • Root and crop residue 12-13 quintals DM/ha

 

Function within TerraLife

  • Dry germinating
  • Deep and tap rooting
  • Nitrogen-fixing
  • Bee pasture

 

TerraLife mixtures:


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