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Author Topic: non-3 leaf seedlings???! White Dutch clover/Crimson clover-confused!  (Read 1702 times)
SerenaSYH
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« on: May 06, 2011, 10:28:22 PM »

Everyone this is puzzling me. Normally every year under the maple nothing grows (banked soil rimmed by pavers). This 2011 in mid-April I sowed bunches of Crimson clover at first. A week later, I sprinkled tons of Dutch white clover into the soil. I've got the same uniform 2-leaf sprouts everywhere! Today I was preoccupied and forgot to take photos but tomorrow I will. I tried googling for clover seedlings, but they suuuuure don't look like mine. Mine are distinctly 2-leafers  huh I am so confused! It's been 2 weeks and still their appearance hasn't changed whatsoever. They still look like ultra itsy bitsy alfalfa sprouts with absolutely no neck to them, lol.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011, 10:43:43 PM »

If I'm not mistaken clover sprouts are two-leafers.

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2011, 10:45:12 PM »

http://organicsproutingseeds.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/clover-sprouts.jpg

Here's an image I found of "Clover Sprouts" It's common for all new seedlings to have two little starter leaves regardless of the species. It's just a common strategy.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 12:03:33 AM »

Not your original question, but I find that some lime helps when getting things to grow under trees...
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 04:35:21 AM »

Wow, you guys are the greatest! I didn't even have to post my photos and I already got super advice from you all. MrILoveAnts thanks so much for the great photo link! those look exactly like my seedlings and I'm relieved to know that it's clover! A picture paints a thousand IDs lol! Thanks James too. And Michael that is fantastic advice. All I've ever been told by my lawn treatment company is, hey, spend a couple of hundred dollars with us and we'll add the soil and the seed under your tree so stuff can grow, lol! instead of this nice advice about adding lime to help things along. Saves me beaucoup bu,cks Michael! That way I can add my own soil and the lime incrementally on my own and take things at my own pace....Much thanks!

Cheers to everyone! I am so excited about the clover! and I'm eager to see them bloom! Clover is actually a rarity in my neighborhood! Instead what we have is the dratted crabgrass and dandelions and nut sedge and a plant that looks like a "false clover" - it has 3 leaves shaped like clover and these tiny limp, yellow flowers in it that honeybees never visit. It's pretty annoying that this false clover is everywhere whereas the real clover isn't. I think it's called yellow wood sorrel....
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2011, 06:23:27 AM »

Yes, lime helps as well as Nitrogen. A good dose of lime and nitrogen, and your clover will explode!!
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