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Sprouting: 7-21 days.
SOWING RATE: 1 KG PER 100 METERS SQUARE
Care: Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed. Covering the seeds with a light layer of peat moss helps with moisture retention. If using as a lawn alternative, the dichondra can be mowed to around 4 cm in the summer, cutting every two weeks.
Approx 500- 650 seeds per gram
Seed is coated with a fungicide called Thiram and an artificial colouring to highlight the treatment.
Sowing: 1mm deep. Direct sow.
Ideal sowing temp: 10-22C (Avoid the coldest and hottest temps).
Best Planting Zones: 7 – 11
Fertilizing – You can fertilize dichondra monthly with 1/2 – 1 lb of nitrogen. Do not apply fertilizers when the dichonda plants are wet and after fertilizing irrigate the area to wash fertilizer off leaves and on to the soil. Mowing – Many people use dichondra as a lawn alternative; therefore, you can mow your dichondra to the height you want to maintain it at. For the nicest appearance if dichondra, mow approximately every two weeks at a height of 1 1/2″ – 2″ during the summer months and you can mow as low as 3/4″ during the winter months. Mowing at this lower height during the winter will encourage a dense, small leaved turf and help keep weed seed out. Just as with a lawn grass, do not cut too much dichondra off at one time. If you cut too much off at one time, it will cause the ground cover plants to look, “scalped.” Bagging the clippings is typically better with dichondra if you are mowing only every two weeks. If you are mowing once a week, then mulching is most likely acceptable.
Weed Control – Keeping your dichondra healthy and dense is the first line of weed control. Pre-emergent herbicides can also be used after your dichondra is established. These types of herbicides will keep any type of seed from germinating so make sure your dichondra is well established and quit using pre-emergent herbicide approximately 8 weeks before overseeding your dichondra. You may also use post-emergent herbicides for grassy weeds like quackgrass and crabgrass. You can NOT use herbicides (containing 2-4D) on your dichondra or it will also kill the dichondra. Broadleaf weeds are difficult to control in dichondra if proper care is not taken which is true of most ground cover plants. Manual labor is typically required for broadleaf weeds.
Lightly rake the surface and evenly spread the dichondra seed, evenly watering afterward. The seedbed must be kept moist, but not soggy. A seed sprout may die if it does not have water. Frequency of watering will depend how hot and how sunny it is. It may be necessary to water 3 to 4 times a day to keep the seedbed moist. Dichondra ground cover seed needs warm soil before it can sprout. The best time to seed dichondra is when temperatures are in the 70’s range and night time temps are in the 50’s range.
Seeding Rate: 1 lb of dichondra seed per 500 square feet. Click here to purchase seeds
This can cause shallow rooting which just makes it more susceptible to disease. Each irrigation should add one inch of water to the soil. You can easily meaure this be putting several tuna fish cans out in the area you are watering and see how long it takes to fill them one inch. If it takes 30 minutes, then you know 30 minutes of watering will provide approximately 1 inch of water to the plant roots. Dichondra ground cover plants require water on a deep and infrequent basis and needs to slightly dry out between waterings.
Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed. When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. Dichondra Repens is commonly called Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, or Lawn Leaf. It grows so easily from ground cover seeds that it can be used as a lawn alternative to create a Dichondra Repens lawn.