Dichondra is a perennial plant belonging to the family of Vynukovs. It looks like a green falling waterfall, since the stems of dichondra creep down and reach a length of about 50 cm. The leaves of the plant are round and small, like coins, they thickly cover the stems. Its flowers are white-yellow or pale green, reaching up to 3 mm in diameter. If you want to admire on your site a beautiful "green waterfall", then Dichondra will definitely suit you.
How to grow dichondra "Silver Waterfall"?
This species of evergreen vine is famous for its unusual leaf color - they are silvery. It is recommended to grow the Silver Falls dihond in containers and with the help of seeds. Due to its decorative appearance, unpretentiousness and resistance to disease, this plant is so valued by gardeners from around the world.
Dichondra "Silver Falls" is grown with the help of seeds for seedlings. Seeds are planted somewhere in January in a pre-prepared substrate. For this type of plant, an acidic soil is ideal, which, before planting, is thoroughly impregnated with a growth promoter and well moisturized. The seeds are planted in the soil to a depth of no more than 5 mm, and the containers are covered with glass or polyethylene. Ensure the plant has good drainage. The seed container is placed in a well-lit place. Do not forget from time to time to air the future dichondra and moisten the soil. The first sprouts will appear a week later, after which the plant can be transplanted into the open ground for further flowering. On a permanent place "Silver waterfall" is seated at a distance of at least 35 cm from each other.
By the way, it is not necessary to plant dichondra for seedlings. Its seeds can be planted immediately in open soil. This plant is often used to design lawns, which, thanks to the vine, become frost-resistant and resistant to damage. In this case, the seeds of "Silver Falls" are sown along the lawn in a fairly loose and moist earth in a sunny place. Sown seeds are sprinkled with earth a bit, trampled and watered with warm settled water. Until the seeds germinate, watch for watering and do not forget to feed the plant with nitrogen fertilizers. Do not overdo it with water, otherwise it will start to stagnate and cause dichondra death.
In the summer period, apply a combined fertilizer 2 times a month. After dressings, gardeners recommend washing the leaves of the Silver Rain Dichondra to avoid burns. This type of evergreen vine is quite resistant to diseases and pests. However, if you plant the plant next to the sick annuals, dichondra will begin to weaken and wither.
Rules for planting and caring for the variety "Emerald Falls"
The variety "Emerald Waterfall" is somewhat different from the "Silver Rain" not only in appearance, but also in its growing requirements. This dichondra has rich green leaves, prefers shade and abundant watering. "Emerald waterfall" is often used to cover the soil, for the formation of living sculptures and wall decorations.
Planted the seeds of dichondra "Emerald Falls" begin in the middle of winter. Before planting, they are soaked for a day in warm water or a growth stimulator. Then, the seeds are sown in peat pots to a depth of 1 cm. Greenhouse conditions provide for germination: the temperature is not lower than 23 degrees and the coating is in the form of a film or glass. Under these conditions, the first seedlings will appear on day 10. When sprouts get stronger, the film from the pot can be removed. Dichondra leaves will appear in about 2 months, after which the "Emerald Falls" can be planted in open ground.
Sprouts are planted in shaded areas, keeping a distance of 15 cm from each other, any substrate will be suitable as soil, but they simply need high-quality drainage in the form of large pebbles. Care in the future for the plant is in regular watering, pruning and dressing. Watering this variety of dichondra is better after sunset, then there will be no danger in sheet burns. For Emerald Rain, fertilizers are applied once every 2 weeks to accelerate growth. Some Dichondra stems can be cut and rooted in greenhouse conditions to produce new plants.
In winter, be sure to cover the plant with dry leaves, hay or sawdust so that it does not freeze. Although, there were cases that Dichondra survived in the harsh Russian conditions, even without insulation for the winter.
Features of amidel dichondra
For an ampel dichondra, it is necessary to select the correct capacity and substrate. To do this, it is best to use wooden pots, loamy soil with low acidity. At the bottom of the pot before falling asleep soil install drainage. Before planting, seeds are soaked in any growth stimulator solution overnight. Sow the seeds in early February, powdered with earth. Then, moisten the soil with an atomizer and cover the pot with glass, leaving a small hole.
Temperature conditions for cultivation should be not lower than 20 and not higher than 27 degrees. It is recommended to water the seeds with warm water with the addition of a growth stimulator. Somewhere in two weeks in the pots you can see the first shoots that can begin to harden. To do this, they endure for several hours in the fresh air, gradually increasing the residence time. When the first leaves appear, the seedlings swoop in separate containers. In the summer, you can transplant the amylase dichondria into open ground or leave it in a pot, occasionally taking it outside.
Dichondra is a luxurious evergreen plant belonging to perennials. Australia and East Asia is considered its homeland, but in our area, under the right conditions, the plant grows successfully. Growing dichondra from seeds is quite troublesome, especially when you consider the fact that each of its varieties needs a special approach. But following all the rules, you will rejoice every summer at your summer cottage to a beautiful waterfall of greenery.