White ladino clovers are a long-lived perennial which spread by creeping above ground stems or stolons that root at the nodes. It is a large leaf type white clover, very high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Addition of white clover to pastures will increase daily dry matter intake in livestock. Ladino clover is a good producer of high quality feed and is utilized extensively as a soil building crop. It is an excellent legume to use in combination with other legumes and grasses. Ladino also produces large amounts of Nitrogen which in return feeds the grass sward within the pasture.
Ladino is primarily a pasture type clover. Ladino clover planted with perennial grasses should be grazed or mowed frequently (2 or 3 times per summer) with the final mowing in late August. Fertilizer should be applied through out the year. To manage the bloat risk associated with Ladino clovers manage your pasture swards with no more than 10% stand of clover. Do not over-graze the grasses below 4 inches for this increases the clover concentration.
White clover will thrive on soils with a pH is 5.5 or higher. White clover needs adequate phosphorus and potassium for establishment, persistence and growth. Ladino clover is especially responsive to cool, moist conditions. It grows best between 50 and 85 degrees. Because of its shallow root system, it is not adapted to shallow, droughty soils. Ladinos can be broadcasted, frost seeded, or drilled into soil. Seed depth should not exceed 0.25 inches.