This was about the fifth time I'd gone looking with my dad. My dad said the chances of finding one were very, very poor as we were only going to be out for about half an hour. We went to an extended bit of a cemetery where there are only about 8 graves and millions of clovers! This is where I normally go looking because there are so many clovers!
Note that if you do find a 4 leaf clover, look around the place where you find it.
All of the mutant clovers pictured were all found within 100 square feet!
Step 1: Peaches!!!
I told my dad to say peaches if he found a 4 leaf clover and that I would do the same if I found a 4 leaf clover. Using codewords is a good way to communicate with the person you are looking with.
After five minutes of looking, I found a four leaf clover and yelled out 'peaches!'. But how did I find it in five minutes when sometimes I search up to 2 hours and find nothing?
Lets see :-)
Step 2: Good Searching Skills
To find one, you need good searching skills and good eyes. People say that finding a four leaf clover is a luck omen as there is only 1 four leaf clover in 10000 three leafers!
Always bring a book with you in case you find one. Don't bother bringing a magnifying glass with you because that achieves nothing. You will spend ages and ages looking in one patch if you look at each and every clover atom!
The trick is to just glance down as you look. That way, all though you don't see every clover, gives you more chances of finding one because you see more patches.
If you have good searching skills, you will find one much easier.
Remember: Looking at every clover through a magnifying glass is a waste of time!
Step 3: Sets of Three
A good tactic for finding a four leaf clover is to think about the sets. Each 'normal' clover has a set of three leaves. A four leaf clover has, well, a set of four leaves.
Just think of the sets. Say each set you see in your mind as you pass the clover. If you are lucky, you will come across something that doesn't look like a set of three.
Don't get your hopes up. It is probably just a three leaf clover, but with another three leaf clover underneath it.
Wriggle it around. If it is still a 4 leaf clover, pick it. If it is still a 4 leaf clover when you pick it, you found one! Lucky you!
If you follow the sets tactic, any mutant will really stick out! Even the smallest four leafer!
Step 4: 5, 6, 7, 8 Leafers
The world record is a 21 leaf clover. Twenty-one leaves seems beyond any mutation. It must be a freak! You also find that the more leaves, the thicker the stalk. I found my first 5 leafer on the 19th of July!
If you look on page 127 in the Guinness book of world records 2009, you will see the stalk of an eighteen leaf clover
Step 5: Mix and Muddle
A clover holds so many possibilities. And so many mutations that can be mixed! You may have a five leaf clover with one leaf in a mitten shape, two spade leaves, one upside down leaf and one 'rust' coloured leaf. (Not that all that can't happen)!
But the chances of finding a clover like that would be almost minus!
Step 6: AHH! TWO LEAF CLOVER!
Also you could say a 1 leaf clover exists. But that would be as rare as a five leafer!
Step 7: I Found a 4 Leaf Clover!
After you've screamed your codeword, if you want to keep it, pick it and read the next step. If you don't really care, just leave it and don't read the next step.
Step 8: Preserving the Clover
When you get home, get out a big and heavy book (I used harry potter and the order of the phoenix) and put it on top of the book you shut the clover in and put it in the airing cupboard for at least a week.
Clear some space in the airing cupboard and tell everyone to be careful. Maybe make a warning sign and stick it on the airing cupboard door.
Step 9: Frame the Clover
After the week, carefully take the big book off the little book with the clover and then take the book out spine upwards. Flip to the page with the clover on (35 in my case) and take the clover out. Slip the clover into the little frame then keep it as a good luck charm and show it all to your friends.
Now you've read this, why don't you go out there looking for 4 leaf clovers? There's millions out there. Hundreds of millions!
In the past two days I've put these skills to the test and found 11 more 4 leaf clovers, and a 'spade' leaf clover.