How to Grow Dichondra
Dichondra is a lush, low-growing, and creeping groundcover that adds texture and vibrant green to any garden or landscape design. This versatile plant can be used for creating a green lawn alternative, filling in the gaps between pavers, or even as an accent for other plants. In this article, we will dive into the steps on how to grow Dichondra successfully in your garden.
1. Choose the right variety
There are several varieties of Dichondra available, including Dichondra repens (a popular choice for lawns), Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ (known for its stunning silver foliage), and Dichondra micrantha (great as a dense groundcover). Be sure to choose the proper variety that best suits your desired purpose and growing conditions.
2. Prepare the soil
Dichondra thrives in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. Loosen the soil by tilling or digging to a depth of about 6 inches, then mix in organic matter like compost or peat moss to improve drainage and fertility.
3. Select the ideal location
Dichondra prefers full sun or light shade and should be planted in a site that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. However, if you live in a particularly hot climate, consider planting it in an area with afternoon shade to prevent scorching.
4. Planting Dichondra
For best results, sow Dichondra seeds directly into the prepared soil once outdoor temperatures consistently stay above 60°F (15°C).
– Scatter seeds evenly over the area.
– Lightly rake the soil covering seeds with approximately 1/8 – 1/4 inch of soil.
– Water gently and consistently to keep the soil evenly moist but not saturated.
Alternatively, you can start Dichondra seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before your planned outdoor planting, transplant individual seedlings after the danger of frost has passed.
5. Watering and fertilizing
Dichondra requires consistent moisture, especially during the germination and establishment phase. Water consistently to keep the soil evenly moist but not saturated. Avoid overhead watering to prevent excessive moisture on foliage and reduce the risk of disease.
Feed your Dichondra with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season, following package instructions.
6. Maintenance and pruning
Dichondra can tolerate light foot traffic, but if it’s used as a lawn alternative, it may require occasional mowing to maintain a neat appearance.
Prune back overgrown or leggy plants to promote denser growth. In cooler climates, Dichondra may die back in winter but usually regrows from the root system in spring
7. Pest and disease control
Dichondra is relatively pest-resistant; however, ensure adequate air circulation, proper watering practices, and well-draining soil to avoid diseases such as fungal infections. If necessary, use organic or chemical-based treatments specific for any observed pest or disease issues.
Growing Dichondra successfully requires just a bit of effort in preparation and care. With its low-lying greenery and unique texture, Dichondra brings beauty and versatility to any landscape or lawn replacement project.