Clover – Dutch White

Dutch White Clover is a low and slow growing perennial, and helps provide soil cover and fight compaction in high traffic areas like permanent walkways. It is also frequently used in buffer areas or in between vegetable rows. It can be interseeded in a growing crop and will grow slowly without competing with the established crop. Can also be frost-seeded.

Dutch white clover propagates by both seed and creeping stolons. It grows well in cooler and moist conditions, and tolerates wet conditions well.

Avoid following Dutch white clover with other legumes, since it can be a host for root rot diseases like Pythium and Rhizoctonia.

Inoculated seed will increase nitrogen fixation potential.

Dutch White Clover Tech Sheet

Dutch White Clover as a Cover Crop (Cornell Extension)

Key Features

  • Low growing clover.
  • “Living cover”
  • Living mulch to suppress weeds, build soil, and fix nitrogen throughout the growing season.


  • Seeding Rate: 1-4lbs/Acre drill or broadcast
  • Seeding Dates: Early spring, or late summer.
  • Seeding Depth: Surface to 1/4”
  • Speed: Slow establishment and growth.