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Growing Dichondra – Hard to Germinate?

I love Silver Falls Dichondra dripping densely from my containers. Buying 40 or so plants a year is expensive, so I decided to try to germinate from seed in 2023. I tried both Silver Falls and Emerald Falls. I found germination difficult (especially Emerald Falls) and growth slow. I thought about over-wintering a mother-plant, but getting 40-plus starts from that seemed like more work than germinating from seed, so I’ll try once more in 2024.

This is my personal growing guide. I use it to track seed sources, when to start seeds and if I should adjust growing conditions in my own greenhouse and garden. Please don’t consider this professional grower’s advice. I like the plant information cards from Ball Seed Company. Here is the card for Silver Falls Dichondra.

FAVOURITE VARIETIES AND SOURCES

In 2023, I tried both Silver Falls and Emerald Falls. I ended up with only one Emerald Falls to add to a container, and frankly, it was underwhelming. So, I’ll stick with Silver Falls for 2024. I’m also going to double source some seeds to see if the multi-pelleted seeds from Swallowtail were the issue, although I’ve always been happy with their seeds in the past.

  • Dichondra, Silver Falls – 10 multi-pelleted seeds from Swallowtail Seeds
Hardiness Light frost, tender perennial
Exposure Sun, part sun
Deer Resistant Seems to be
Bloom None
Deadheading None
Water/soil Prefers warm, dry
Height 2-6 inches
Width Trails up to 48 inches, spiller
Fertilize

SEED STARTING

  • 10 weeks before frost is Mar 11
  • Sow in cell packs, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate.
  • Kept at 70-75° F., germination is in 4-15 days.
  • Use a heat mat and warm water for young starts

GROWING CONDITIONS

  • Grows cooler 65-75°F (18-24°C) so place plugs in the cooler section of the greenhouse
  • Grows best in warm and dry conditions.
  • Use light feed. Rinse foliage after feeding to avoid salt burn.
  • Higher light levels result in foliage that is more silver and denser.

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