The dicondra, scientific name Dichondra repens, even if it is a weed, is often utilized for gardens or lawns with low maintenance.
Dicondra is a very vigorous perennial herbaceous species that resists well even at low temperatures and needs little care.
Apart from this, it does not need fertile soils and its greatest advantage over other grass species is its low mowing requirement.
That’s why if some consider it a ‘weed others consider it valuable given its characteristics and use it in those lawns or gardens where other species can not grow, which is why we can find it frequently in marine locations.
The Dicondra Characteristics And Origins
The Dichondra repens belongs to the family of Convolvulaceae, recently introduced as a replacement for Graminaceae, to form low and compact turf ideal for gardens and lawns.
The small stems, on which are inserted the tender round brilliant green leaves, branch very quickly and allow the plant to propagate very quickly.
The Flowers Of The Dicondra
In spring, white or yellow inflorescences come out on the dichondria, and the turf is covered with many flowers, giving a touch of color to our garden.
To have a multicolored lawn we could mix different types of dicondra, even if the colors are limited, or you can also mix different species of spring flowers to the seeds and get a truly spectacular effect in our garden.
There are many varieties of dicondra, all characterized by being perennial herbs that retain their color even in winter and especially all ideal for lawns or gardens with low maintenance.
Propagation Of The Dicondra
The propagation of this herbaceous species can essentially take place in two ways
- Through sowing.
- Through implantation of clods of dicondra.
How To Grow The Dichondra Through Sowing
A proper preparation of the nursery is essential for the cultivation of dichondra plants. A weed-free portion of the garden area is ideal.
The Dichondra prefers soft, well-drained and clod-free soil in partial shade. Seeds should be slightly spread over the bed of soil and watered until wet but not soaked.
Depending on the exposure of the chosen area you may need to water even a few times a day the ground until they begin to sprout seeds.
Coating the seeds with a light layer of peat moss helps to keep the soil moist and create the ideal microclimate for the dicondra.
Determine When To Sow
We recommend planting the seeds when the temperatures are about 20-21 degrees during the day.
The sowing of the dicondra can be done either in early spring or even earlier depending on the area if it is particularly hot.
Dicondra Germination Time
The seeds will germinate within 7-14 days depending on soil and climate conditions.
Dicondra in rolls or clumps
The alternative method to sowing for the growth of our beautiful lawn of dicondra, and certainly faster, is the planting of clods or rolls of dicondra, this then depends on the size of the area that we want to cover.
Wanting to obtain immediately a lawn for our garden, surely the choice of the clods is the ideal one, on the market there are already strips of lawn or big clods to be simply placed on the ground.
Before planting the turfs must obviously be done a preventive weeding and eliminate all other weeds in the chosen area.
The Ideal Exposure For The Dicondra
This plant grows and prefers damp and slightly shady areas, preferring clayey soils. However, with a minimum of caution, it grows even in very sunny places just water it in periods of hot sultry.
Care Of The Dicondra
Once the plants have grown and the turf is formed, it will be necessary to water the plants rarely except in periods of hot and sultry although the drought does not fear the dicondra.
It is better to allow the plants to dry slightly between irrigations. If used as an alternative to Meadow, the dichondra can be shaved to an adequate height, although this species generally does not grow more than 3 cm in height.
Dichondra Diseases And Pests
Although the dicondra is an infesting herb, therefore very resistant to insects and diseases, it too can be attacked by the fungi, the most evident symptom are the yellow spots on the leaves, if we do not resort to the shelters immediately we risk to dry up the lawn.
However, if at the first appearance of yellow spots we intervene suddenly with a specific fungicide, on the market are easily available maybe we take advice from our trusted phytodean, we can save our lawn.
Among the animals that can cause damage to our lawn certainly the snail is the one that can quickly destroy portions of the lawn, eating the shoots of young plants and the leaves more tender than those already grown.
Snails can be easily eradicated through specific pesticide products easily available on the market.