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Dichondra

Dichondra repens
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Dichondra is a low growing, warm season, perennial ground cover that forms a lush, dense carpet. It performs best in warm, mild climates in California, Arizona, Hawaii and parts of Texas and Florida. Dichondra is bright green in color with round kidney shaped leaves. It spreads from creeping stolons and underground rhizomes. Roots are shallow, fibrous and grow to a depth of 6-12 inches.

Characteristics

Features
Low growing ground cover or lawn alternative
Grows in sun and light shade
Will not tolerate temperatures below 25 °F

Benefits

Seldom needs mowing
Adapts to light conditions
Withstands light traffic


Uses
Dichondra is useful as a perennial ground cover

• Ground cover in tight places such as stepping stones or next to walls
• Lawn alternative in sun or light shade

Seeding Rates
1 pound covers up to 200 square feet for new areas.
1 pound covers up to 300 square feet if overseeding.
Sow seed in the Spring-Summer months when temperatures are in the 70s during the day and 50s at night.

Establishment
Emergence: 14-21 days with proper irrigation. A good soaking after initial seeding should be done in order for the coating material on the seed to absorb adequate moisture.
Establishment in 6-8 weeks.

Specifications: DICHONDRA (Dichondra repens)
50% Minimum purity
50% Coating material
90% Minimum germination
250,000 seeds per coated pound

CULTURAL INFORMATION


Water Requirements

Frequent, light watering is necessary for seed to germinate and become established. Dichondra is a warm season perennial groundcover. Water deeply and infrequently in order to encourage deep roots. It is best to allow the plants to dry out between waterings in order to prevent weed infestations or diseases. General irrigation guidelines dictate that dichondra should be watered in early morning hours and that about 3/4 of an inch of water should be applied but not to the point of runoff.

Climate Conditions 
Dichondra cannot withstand sustained temperatures below 25 °F. It does best in warm, dry weather.

Soil Conditions
Dichondra prefers well drained soil (clay or sandy) with a pH of 5.5 to 8.5.

Fertilization
Use of a starter fertilizer when seeding is highly recommended. After establishment fertilize during periods of active growth (Apr-Oct) with a balanced fertilizer. Avoid using products with a high nitrogen (N) content as such use increases water usage. Apply no more than 4 pounds of N per 1,000 square feet per year.

Mowing 
Can be mowed or left un-mowed. If mowed cut at 0.5 to 1.5 inch height. Care should be taken as not to cut more than one-third of the leaf blade.

 

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