Approx 500- 650 seeds per gram
Seed is coated with a fungicide called Thiram and an artificial colouring to highlight the treatment.
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.
SOWING RATE: 1 KG PER 100 METERS SQUARE
Sprouting: 7-21 days.
Drought-resistant, creeping ground-cover, native to Australia and New Zealand. A lawn substitute for low foot traffic areas, it is often planted in places where other turf-type grass does not grow well. Adult leaves are kidney shaped and small flowers green-yellow. It will form a thick mat in part shaded positions and also looks wonderful in hanging baskets or pots as it will cascade over the side and is very low maintenance.
Ideal sowing temp: 10-22C (Avoid the coldest and hottest temps).
Best Planting Zones: 7 – 11
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.
This is usually mid to late spring or late summer to early fall. When soil temperatures are too low, seed sprouting and establishment will take much longer or may not occur at all. If possible, rake in the seed lightly into the soil or cover with a very light layer of peat moss to help hold moisture as the seed sprouts. Our dichondra seed is coated, so it helps retain moisture without these steps.
Insects and Disease – There area a few insects that can cause problems for dichondra. The most common are: flea beetles, cutworms, and the weevil. All three of these are faily easy to kill with insecticides if they present a problem. Preventing a disease before it gets starts is always the best policy. Maintaining healthy dichondra is the best way to accomplish disease prevention. A few tips to keep your dichondra healthy are: remove dichondra clippings instead of mulching them if you mow infrequently, water less frequently and 1″ at a time, and fertilize 1/2 – 1 lb of nitrogen a month during the growing season.
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.
Seeding Rate: 1 lb of dichondra seed per 500 square feet. Click here to purchase seeds
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.
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