Have you ever wondered why everyone speaks about cool season and warm season annuals and then further complicates it with north and south, biennials and perennials?
There is no easy separation between these plants in all areas. In other words, you have annuals that can act like perennials in the right areas and can be encouraged to reseed, but in other deer food plot regions reseeding is not viable. For example subterranean clover and crimson clover are technically considered annuals, but if done right (in the right location) these clovers can reseed for many years and therefore act like perennial deer plot plants. The reverse is true as well, you can take perennial plants as use them as annuals and in some locations it makes sense to do this.
Seeding times may vary and are not as easy as most would have you believe. We plant in the north on such and such a week and in the south they do something different. Then there is the deep- south, mid south, southeast, southwest, the plains…..yikes. It is no wonder that things are a little confusing.
Mostly all coverage of the plants for food plots are covered in plant profiles which give the technical classification. Occasionally you are lucky enough to have someone say north versus south. But that still leaves out east versus west. Then you have acid versus basic soils, loamy versus sandy.
So you go online to find a seed mixture and notice that even though everyone is talking annual, perennial, and biennial all of these are in a mix together: now what is going on?
See more on this subject at www.diydeerfoodplots.com in the resources section. The article is called:
Having Trouble with Food Plot Plant Selection?