Ball Clover Seed - Ball Clover is a cool season clover that is sometimes mistaken for white clover, but the blooms are smaller and more rounded. Although Ball Clover can be quite productive, ball clover has a shorter growing season and often yields less than other commonly grown annual clovers. Ball Clover is a prolific seed producer even under high stocking rates, and a high percentage of the seed are hard seed. Thus, Ball Clover is an excellent reseeding clover. The primary period of growth is early to mid-spring. Ball clover is best suited to heavy soils, but is surprisingly well adapted to fairly dry sites as well.
- Excellent reseeding but seedlings have poor vigor.
- Inoculate with Rhizobia bacteria specific to ball clover.
- High bloat potential (should be mixed with Ryegrass to reduce risk).
- Clover head weevil may reduce seed yields; resistant to alfalfa weevil.
- Good for wildlife plots.
- Commonly used for Honey Bees
Growth Habit: Short, 1-2 feet tall, erect growth, low growing, looks like white clover.
Life Cycle: Annual
Origin: Mediterranean Region
Production Season: March to June. Late maturing, late production, similar to Arrowleaf clover.
Nutritive Value: Varies depending on maturity (leaf:stem ratio) Usually medium to high crude protein; medium to high digestibility.
Soil: Sandy loam, to clay. Prefers low wet areas. Tolerates poor drainage
pH: 6.5 and higher
Rainfall: High moisture conditions. Poor drought tolerance
Temperature: Cold tolerance is high
Planting Date: October to December
Planting Depth: 1/10 -1/4 inch
Seeding Rate: 3 to 4 lb/acre
- Inoculate seed with rhizobium bacteria type 'B', Clover group