Clover and Poppies Cover Crop Seed Mix

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Clover and Poppies Cover Crop seed, 1

A beautiful mix of:  Clover, Red (red clover); Clover, Crimson (crimson clover); Poppy, California (California poppy); and Poppy, Flanders (Flanders poppy).  Sow anytime for an ongoing display.  We’ve used this mix extensively on our land and find that the cycle goes like this:  Crimson clover germinates fastest and tends to make an apparenly monotypic patch, flowering vibrantly in 6 weeks or so.  As the crimson clover dies back, the california poppy and flanders poppy take over (see photo, where crimson clover dried heads are apparent with the poppies overarching them), after which the poppies tend to die back and give way to red clover, which is a more permanent cover.  Depending on planting date and the cycles of warm and cold in your region, these plants are likely to continue to express seasonally on an ongoing basis, with varicolored displays in spring, summer and fall.

Sow 100 g per 500 square feet; 1/2 lb per 1,000 square feet; 10 lbs per acre.  Grows 1 to 2 feet tall. 

Open pollinated seed, rhizocoated to assist in nitrogen fixation (clovers).

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  1. Question

    Vivi

    I’ve got a strip between my espalliered fruit trees and a fence, and I’m looking for a low maintenance cover crop/ground cover, something that I can mow in the fall. I’m on the Oregon coast, zone 9a. This looks like a great option, unless you have some other suggestions.

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    Yesenia Mason

    Are any of the poppies you sell poisonous to dogs?

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    Jasseia Villa

    Is everything in the mix native to California?

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    Bella

    I’m removing a bermudagrass lawn and want to replace it with a fast-growing drought-resistant ground cover. The soil is a beautiful silty loam but we’re in zone 9b so it’s hot and dry a lot here. Trying to be water-wise while having a pollinator-friendly garden. Would this mix be a good choice or would you suggest something else?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Bella, I did my best to think of something that would be better and then after I realized how much claifornia poppy is in the mix and how good that is in a dry Z9 and how it brings in pollinators, then i thought it really can’t be improved on. The clovers do tend to need more water but if you fall-sow you’ll get some rainwater to help. richo

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    Aubrey Gardner

    Are these organic and can they be harvested to use as medicine?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Aubrey, When we sell 100% organic stuff then we label it as organic. If as in the case of this blend there’s a non-organic ingredient (california poppy) then we don’t sell it as organic. This is basically a covercrop that can be harvested and used according to the attributes of the individual plants. r

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    Jules

    I have a bunch of poppy seed and sesame seeds mixed up I plan to sprinkle around to grow a cover crop. Can chickens eat this crop.

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    erica

    for areas that have a snowy winter, would you recommend planting this mix in the late fall before snow or waiting until the spring?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Erica, Sow the seed as soon as possible, as soon as a good seedbed can be produced. The crimson clover is going to germinate right away and a snowy winter will soften the other seeds and make them ready to germinate and flower in the spring.
      Richo

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    Robert Stein

    I need to cover and control erosion on a steep hillside that is loose sandy loam that has been recently excavated. Location is near the southern shore of Lake Erie. I’d like a mix of short stature perennials with deep roots that do not allow invasive plants to prosper. Flowers are a plus but not necessary.

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    Richo Cech

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    I have had MANY compliments on a front “lawn” of cloverpoppy cover from you a couple of years ago… it saved horrible clay layer and turned everything to blooming wonder!!! Thank you again! xoxox
    Annie

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