Find a Lucky Clover

first_imgNobody knows what the fourth leaf is for, Thomas said. Maybe it’s just for luck. “She taught me how to find a four-leaf clover,” said the horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service. “Her techniques on how to collect them havebeen passed down from generation to generation. It’s great fun to do.” “Brush over an unmowed colony of clover with the flat of your hand,” he said. “Thethree-leaf clovers will swing up slowly while the four-leaf clovers will spring up rightbehind your hand. Try it. You’ll be surprised how well it works.” When Paul Thomas was 10 years old, his grandmother told him a secret. The second method is based on the fact that four-leaf clover stems are more vigorousthan three-leaf stems. The stems are thicker so they respond differently to slightbending. In fact, Thomas has two methods. The first one involves a trained eye.center_img Clovers have a slight white line in the heart of each leaf. Viewed from above, the whitelines on the leaves of a three-leaf clover form a triangle. The lines on a four-leaf cloverform a square. This technique works best on frequently mowed patches of clover. Four-leaf clovers started popping up around the end of February, with the highestpopulations in May and June. They’ll stay around until the end of July. A few pop upagain in October. “Four-leaf clovers are probably a genetic variation,” Thomas said. “But they’re alsosensitive to stress. Clover thrives in cool, wet conditions. But not in Georgia’s summerheat. Four-leaf clovers are commonly found where clover grows best.” “Just stand over a patch of clovers and tell your eyes to look for squares only,” he said.”You can scan large areas quickly. After a bit of practice, squares start jumping out atyou.”last_img

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