Red clover is one of the most popular clovers in the UK. Best grown as part of a grass or clover sward, it’s known for its high yields and protein-rich forage.
However, to get the most out of your red clover, it’s essential to understand which soil type is best for the plant. From soil textures to pH levels, we’re covering everything you need to know to make the most of your red clover.
What Soil Is Suitable for Red Clovers?
Red clover generally thrives in slightly acidic and neutral soils with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. However, there is some leeway, as it can sometimes tolerate a wider pH range of 5.5 to 7.5.
Clay-like soils are a perfect match for the plant due to their great water-holding capacity and nutrient availability. As for the soil type, red clover works best in well-drained, fertile soils.
What Soil Texture Works Best for Red Clovers?
Soils with good organic matter and moderate fertility levels are ideal for promoting the healthy growth of red clover.
Soil moisture is also key as it promotes photosynthesis. However, to make the most of the moisture, it’s essential to ensure proper irrigation and promote natural moisture availability.
Although red clover can tolerate a range of soil textures, it’s important to note that it tends to struggle in sandy soils due to its low water-holding capacity and nutrient retention.
How Can I Test the pH of My Soil?
If you’re planning to establish a red clover sward, we recommend conducting a soil test to assess the pH and nutrient levels of the soil. The test will not only help to determine if any amendments or adjustments are needed, but it will also create an optimal growing environment for the clover.
With a pH testing kit, simply place the test strip into a sample of your soil to determine the pH. Remember, it’s better to test multiple samples separately to get the most accurate results!
Get the Most Out of Your Red Clover With GSS
Whilst local climate conditions and regional recommendations may provide further insights into the best soil conditions for your red clover, we’re always happy to offer a helping hand!
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