The Irish Shamrock plant originally named seamróg but also know as white shamrock is a summer clover plant with white flowers. The word seamróg in Irish means clover and is used to describe both three leaf and four clover. A little not so well known fact is that clover is also edible and in Ireland it is just in a variety of dishes. One snack you can easily find with clover in is potato chips/crips. Shamrocks are sold in almost every store in Ireland during the month of March to mark the Saint Patrick’s day holiday and you can keep these little darlings alive and plant them in your garden all year around. Below is the growing and care information for clover. Clover is a very low maintenance easy plant to care for when given the right conditions.
Sun – When it come to sun or shade clover isn’t picky, and will grow in full sun, partial shade, or even full shade.
Soil – While Irish clover plants prefer sandy and loamy soil it will literally grow in almost any type of soil. This is because they don’t fully depend on the soil for their nutrients.
Spacing – Irish Clover doesn’t need to be spaced out at all. They prefer to grow as close to each other as possible. You just sprinkle the seeds down like you would grass seed and they will be happy.
Water – These beautiful green plants are very low maintenance and don’t require a lot of water and can tolerate drought. They have deep roots and are able to get what they need from way underground. If you are growing them in pots make sure to water them once the soil has dried out by at least an inch from the top.
Food – Irish Clover doesn’t need to be fertilized ever. In fact this plant actually adds nutrients to the soil and can help bring it back to life.
Annual or Perennial – Irish Clover is a perennial evergreen and well keep it’s beautiful color all year round even in the winter. If the winter is harsh it may hide underground and come back on its own in the spring.
Climate/Hardiness – Irish Clover is cold hardy and can even handle some snow.
Harvest – The flowers can be harvested once the bloom but are best left in the ground to help small pollinators as they love clover.
Transplant – Irish clover can be easily transplanted and will from new growth easily. This is do to the fact that it is invasive and can root and spread easily.
Tips – All forms of clover are invasive and spread out fast. If you plan to use clover in your yard or garden instead of grass be sure to get your measurements right. If over seed your lawn it will cause bald patches and if you under seed it may take a while to cover you while lawn. If you under seed it could also cause mud patches and the clover won’t spread and grow there do to overly wet conditions.