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Potted Clover Plants: Can You Grow Clover As A Houseplant

Do you want to grow your own lucky 4-leaf clover as a houseplant? Although these grow rampantly outdoors, it is possible to grow clover in a container indoors provided that you give them the conditions that it likes.

Growing Clover Indoors

It is important that you give your indoor clover the sunniest window that you have. This is necessary for best growth and flowering. If your window is not sunny enough, you will find that the stems will become weak and more stretched out, and the leaves will be smaller.

Being attentive to watering is another very important task in order to have thriving potted clover plants indoors. Clover likes to be kept evenly moist. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. Water thoroughly until it runs from the drainage hole, and then discard the excess water. Don’t let the soil completely dry out.

Use an all-purpose fertilizer throughout the growing season and follow the directions on the label for best results.

One thing to make note of is that clover sends out stolons or runners that take root and form more plants. If you see any runners that spill over the edge of the pot, these will eventually die if they can’t root. You can try and redirect these back into the pot to take root if your container has room. Or you can set a pot of soil next to the plant and lay the runners on top of the soil. These will eventually root and you can then cut the runner off the original plant. Now you have another potted clover you can keep or give away.

Lastly, you should give your clover a rest period. If your plant starts to look tired and weak, most likely by winter time, stop watering your plant. Just neglect it until all the leaves yellow and set it in a cool, dark location for a few weeks. Keep an eye on it because you will start seeing new growth at some point.

Once this happens, clean up all the dead foliage, return your indoor clover back to its sunny window, and resume watering and fertilizing. It will flush out with beautiful, new growth and start the cycle all over again!

Do you want to grow your own lucky 4-leaf cover as a houseplant? Although these grow rampantly outdoors, it is possible to grow clover in a container indoors provided that you give them the conditions it likes. Learn what those are in this article.

How to Grow Clover from Seeds

Clover seeds are an easy way to grow a useful and versatile plant. It makes a pretty accent in a garden or an easy to care for alternative to grass lawns. Some varieties are edible and are used in teas and other boiled preparations. Clover fixes nitrogen in soil without fertilizers rather than using it up. Clover makes a lovely indoor plant, or feel free to plant clover anywhere in your garden or lawn and know you are improving the land.

Step 1 – Prepare the Plant Site

Indoors: Begin a few weeks before the weather turns warm in the spring to have your clover ready for planting outdoors, or begin whenever you want for an indoor plant. Prepare well-draining trays of sterile potting soil. Rake the soil lightly to provide texture so the seeds will have good soil contact.

Outdoors: Begin once the last frost as melted. Remove other plants from where you wish to plant your clover. Rake the soil to provide good soil to seed contact.

Step 2 – Plant the Seeds

Indoors: Sprinkle the seeds over the trays. Use 1 tablespoon of seeds to cover 1 square foot of a tray. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Aim for ¼ inch of soil but do not go deeper than ½ inch or the sprouts will not make it to the surface.

Outdoors: Mix the clover seed with some soil to allow for easier distribution. Spread the mix over the ground where you want to grow your clover. Try to ensure a good seed distribution. About four seeds per square inch is optimal. Sprinkle a little soil over the seeds to keep them from blowing away, but keep the layer thin so the seedlings can break free.

Step 3 – Add Water

Indoors: Sprinkle with water until the soil is moist. Keep it that way for the next few weeks as the seeds germinate. One way to keep the soil moist is to cover the tray with a layer of plastic. This layer can be left in place until the seeds sprout and leaves appear. Keep the trays in a shady location for the first week or so until the leaves appear.

Outdoors: Spray the area with water, using a mist sprayer. A heavier flow will wash the seeds away. Keep the area moist for the first few weeks as the seedlings establish themselves.

Step 4 – Once the Leaves Appear

Indoors: As soon as the leaves appear, move the tray to a sunny location. If the plants grow in a dark location the stems will stretch and the leaves will be small and sparse. The plants will fill out in 6 to 8 weeks.

If you want your clover outside, move them once the weather warms and the roots of the clover begin to appear out of the tray drainage holes. If you want an indoor plant, transplant to a larger pot when the roots begin to appear out the tray drainage holes.

Outdoors: Clover is drought resistant once it grows in. Water as needed once the shoots have grown leaves. The plants will establish themselves over the next two months and reseed for at least two to three years.

Clover seeds are an easy way to grow a useful and versatile plant.