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Indicator 8 – bronzing of sub-clover

What do you see and when?

Photo James Easton, CSBP
Pictured: Sub-clover plants with symptom progression. Photo Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Bronzing of sub-clover leaf margins which develop into pale grey spots
  • Seen in late winter and early spring

What could this indicate?

  • Potassium deficiency
  • Avoid confusion with red-legged earth mite feeding damage, which occurs randomly across the leaves (pictured).

What test can I do to confirm?

Pictured: Potassium response in test strip.
  • Soil test with reference to potassium.
  • Test strips of potassium fertiliser.


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