I plan to plant Ballclover on Black Land Prairie in Delta County Texas. The suggested PH of clover is 6.5-6.7. My soil test shows 6.1. Any suggestions? How critical is the PH; 6.1 vs 6.7? Will clover grow but not thrive?
The test is a single site and not a composite of the five acre plot. Nothing has been added to the soil and nothing planted on the area in decades. It has been covered with native grasses. And, I don't plan to do more than shred the field before adding the clover seed.
Why introduce clover if it's just for nectar? There are many other native wildflowers and perennials that can provide nectar without altering our disappearing blackland prairie. I can give you lists of plants.
I appreciate the feedback and the support of the black land prairie. Most of my property remains in native grass but I have a need for five acres of ballclover or another clover variety. I likely will revert to native grasses in a few years on this parcel but I have new bees in a county where row crops (herbicides and pesticides) exist.
At this time, however, I need a haven for the new bee hives to thrive where I have known nectar and pollen resource for 4-5 weeks in the April - May time frame. And, I want clover honey from these hives. Later, other hives will be placed and produce from unknown nectar sources and, therefore, will be labeled wildflower honey.
I would appreciate some information regarding the impact of PH on ballclover; 6.1 vs 6.7. And, what amendments might be suggested to change the ph.
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