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In the spring, a number of wildflowers, such as dandelions, buttercups, and some lovely purple things, pop up in our yard. I'm in Massachusetts, United States, so that means April and May. Others appear later and stay through the summer.

Each year we're blessed with up to three generations of bunnies out there. Although they eat a wide variety of things, they seem to prefer something that looks like white clover. I think one reason is because it lasts longer than the rest. For instance, it's mid-July right now, and most other things have already gone by, but that clover is everywhere.

We try to leave it for a while, and when my husband mows the lawn, he avoids some spots so as not to interfere with the needs of the rabbits. However, there does come a time when he really needs to mow the whole lawn, and all of the clover tops are lost. Also, at some point they do go by, and all the bunnies are not yet fully grown.

Is there a way to grow that, or a similar type of clover, outside in a shallow container? It has to be no taller than 3" or so in order for the littlest bunnies to reach, but can go up to 6" or more for the older ones. Picking the clover itself is not an option, because once it's been pulled out of the ground they don't go near it.

For all those who think that bunnies are annoying and clover's a weed, I'll start by saying we love both, and this is a genuine request!

Click to see the pictures bigger!

Help, my clover's going by Younger one, eating lying down I can share Hey, you're not a bunny!

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    can you add a picture of the bunnies? – Graham Chiu Jul 20 '16 at 5:14
  • @GrahamChiu Be careful what you ask for! You're lucky I stopped at 4, I have over 100! – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Aug 19 '16 at 22:54
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I planted clover to open up an area of heavy clay and rock. It took quite well to it. So much so that it has seeded between the flagstone pavers. So the habits of the plant should lend itself to this:

  • grows by new stems which behave like strawberry runners
  • grows in very little soil or stone dust
  • although known as a plant with deep roots it seems quite happy in a medium of stone dust that is a half inch wide and six inches deep or more

This all happens in full sun conditions so your experiment should work if you have that and any old soil as long as it drains freely. It might take a year or two to establish.

A container would probably work even better if you can use a deeper container and sink it into the ground so it is level with the grass.

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Rabbits like clover because it is a high protein forage, and it doesn't take as much to supply their needs. I've found that clover will pretty much grow anywhere it get get roots (as long as it's well drained), so yes, if your tray is drained they should grow

However, if you want them to self repair (regrow) quickly after 'harvesting', you want nice soil, at least 6" deep, and keep it moist. In that condition, White (Dutch) clover will thrive (I remember having to control it in plant trays back at the nursery).

I'd even go as far as using a potting mix, as that'll drain so much better than soil, in a shallow tray. Just make sure it stays moist, and fertilizing it with something natural would be a huge help.

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