Differences Between Red Clover, and White Clover (Mini Clover)

  • Luke 
Red Clover Clump

Clover plants are amazing plants in general, they act as living fertilizer, they create beautiful fields of flowers, and act as great forage for your animals, or who knows even you. But which species should you get? Which tastes the best, which spreads faster, is one easier to grow? I’m going to answer all these questions and more down below.

First off Red Clover grows straight up, grows beautiful red flowers once to twice a year, and has a life span of 2-3 years. Red Clover were ever grown attracts beneficial creatures, especially bees, whilst at the same time adding nutrients to the soil via its roots. While on the other hand White Clover really doesn’t have a limited life span and also attracts beneficial creatures (to a slightly lower extent), it also fertilizes the soil via its root system. White Clover blooms usually in the spring, and continues blooming for many months.

Although I’ve had great success with Red Clover, it does require moisture, especially when first seeded for the first 2-3 days, White Clover also requires moisture but is somewhat more lenient to drought, whilst also spreading more when compared to the Red Clover. White Clover grows sideways, and grows a low-growing mat on the dirt that will grow until hitting a border.

White clover is slightly less palatable then Red Clover to me personally, and is less palatable compared to the same age Red Clover if they are both old.

So really both have different benefits, and both could be great additions to your garden, or farm. Do you want a aggressively spreading low maintenance plant, or a slightly higher maintenance plant that is just as nice just in different ways. Its really up to you at that point.

Personally I grow both, and use them for different things, both I use as nitrogen-rich compost, and both I appreciate fully

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