Here are some easy tips on how to grow Dichondra plants: If by seed, first prepare planting area by spraying with glyphosate (herbacide.) Mix as package directs. After 2 weeks, till soil 2-3 in. deep, water, and re-apply herbicide to any new weeds. After another 2 weeks, rake seedbed and sow seed (1 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft.) Rake to cover; water but don't soak. Temperature needs to be at least 70 degrees, with no chance of frost. If using nursery plants, work 2-3 in. organic matter into soil. Place rooted plugs in holes 2-3 times the size of the root ball. Space the plugs 3-4 in. apart. Mulch with peat moss when done. Soil should be well draining and rich in nitrogen. (If adding nitrogen, use 1 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft.)
Common Name(s): Silver Ponysfoot, Kidney Weed, and Lawn Leaf
Description: Members of the Morning Glory family, Dichondra plants are ornamental groundcover used in areas where grass won't grow. It's not meant to replace turf grass in high foot-traffic areas.
Propagation: Stem or leaf cuttings
Sun/Light Needs: Prefers full sun, but will grow in partial shade.
USDA Zones: A perennial in zones 8-11; elsewhere as an annual.
Fertilizer: Yearly, during the active growing season (April-October). Apply 4 lbs. nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. Water afterwards to wash fertilizer off leaves and into soil.
Maintenance: High. When sowing, mist daily (3-5 times), depending on how hot and sunny it is. Water deep, but not too often. Let soil dry slightly in between. Mow every two weeks; bag the clippings. To control broadleaf weeds, weed by hand.
Wildlife: Lawn Leaf is deer resistant
Display: These annual plants can also grow in window boxes, hanging baskets and containers.
Problems: Flea beetles, rust, nematodes, southern blight