Big clover leaves within the Imperial Clover blend
The Whitetail Institute's Imperial Clover is a clover blend that was produced from cross-breeding over 100 different clover varieties, eliminating the least desirable clover and keeping the best. After years of this research and development, Imperial Clover was born, and has since been the standard by which all clover blends have been measured over the last couple of decades.
Imperial Clover is a perennial, and can be planted in spring or fall. If taken care of, in addition to fairly good weather, you can expect to get strong results for 3-5 years before having to plant again.
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As always, the first thing to do for any food plot is to perform a soil test. This will let you know exactly what your soil needs (fertilizer, lime) for optimal growth, saving you time, money and frustration.
The next thing to figure out is the recommended planting date range for your area. On our properties in Virginia, we have had better luck planting Imperial Clover in fall rather than spring. It just seems to come up better and last longer once it gets a good winter under its belt. This also keeps us from having to fight summer drought and weeds in a new planting. That said, every area is different, so we recommend growing a small plot and testing yourself to see what works best for your property's soil conditions.
Here are the recommended planting dates: