Food Plot Reviews: Whitetail Institute's Imperial Clover

Chad HensleyCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

Big clover leaves within the Imperial Clover blend
Big clover leaves within the Imperial Clover blend

The Whitetail Institute's Imperial Clover is a clover blend that was produced from cross-breeding over 100 different clover varieties, eliminating the least desirable clover and keeping the best.  After years of this research and development, Imperial Clover was born, and has since been the standard by which all clover blends have been measured over the last couple of decades.

Imperial Clover is a perennial, and can be planted in spring or fall.  If taken care of, in addition to fairly good weather, you can expect to get strong results for 3-5 years before having to plant again. 


As always, the first thing to do for any food plot is to perform a soil test.  This will let you know exactly what your soil needs (fertilizer, lime) for optimal growth, saving you time, money and frustration.  

Here are the recommended planting dates: 

Based on these dates, we plan the preceding preparation of the seed bed.  

After this is complete, we usually check the forecast for a decent rain, and then broadcast the seed with a hand-seeder the day before.   Once we have dispersed all seed, we usually drag an old piece of heavy fence or a cut-down pine to lightly cover the seed.  The Whitetail Institute recommends using a cultipacker here (again), but we have not tried that.

To read more, including the amazing results, click here.