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

    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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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes

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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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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche 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

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Robert,
      Looks like you’re on the right page. Rdd clover really locks the soil together, and none of these plants grow over waist high.
      Richo

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    • April (verified owner)

      I purchased this mix for the sunny area along the edge of my forest. Got any suggestions for a mix deeper within the wooded area? Just trying to diversify. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi April,
      This sounds like a good area for the clover and poppies mix. People have good luck with that one. MAybe this blog will give you some ideas for forested aREAS:
      https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/where-and-how-to-grow-an-herbal-groundcover/
      richo

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    Admin Richo Cech

    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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