Palestine Strawberry Clover Coated Seed
- Model: 11105033
- High nutritive value and productive through spring and summer
- Very grazing-tolerant and persistent
- Drought and water-logging tolerant; tolerant of salinity
- Attractive flowers for bees and can be sown in gardens to add colour and as a ground cover
- Can be used as a low maintenance lawn but does require special care to establish
Palestine Strawberry Clover (Trifolium fragiferum) is a large-leaved, deep-rooted, Perennial Clover that demonstrates a prostrate growth habit. It is adapted to a wide range of soil types. Palestine will provide good spring, summer and autumn production but growth during the winter period is low.
Seedling vigour of plants is low and therefore will require careful management during the establishment period. Once established, Palestine will persist better under heavy grazing pressure than white clover and generally does not suffer significantly from many insects or diseases that can commonly attack other Clovers.
Maturity: late season, maturity flowering well into late spring and summer periods
Soil Type: Wide range of soil types
Inoculant: Group B Rhizobium
Sowing Rate: 1-2 kg/ha (Pure) 2-4 kg/ha (Irrig) 0.5-1 kg/ha (Mixes)
Pest Resistance: Palestine is susceptible to Red Legged Earth Mite (Halotydeus destructor) and Blue Oat Mite (Penthaleus major). Therefore, control is essential at the early seedling stage and appropriate pest management must be implemented as required.
Various Clover diseases have been recorded on Palestine from time to time. However, very few have caused any serious economic loss.
Regeneration Palestine is a hard-seeded variety which will allow it to build up a strong seed reserve enhancing long-term persistence. Grazing Palestine can withstand heavy continuous grazing once plants have been able to establish and strong runners developed. Care must be taken with new sown pastures so as not to overgraze too early, as plants can be pulled from the ground. It can cause bloat in cattle and increase the incidence of urinary calculi in sheep. During the year of establishment, plants should be allowed to flower and set seed to ensure a good seed bank.