Dichondra

By Laura Mast

This is the time of year we start preparing for summer at Kingwood. We have several signature plants at Kingwood Center Gardens. One of those plants is Dichondra Silver Falls. It is used in hanging baskets, planters and in the garden beds as a filler and vining. However, if you have ever tried to overwinter or propagate Dichondra you might find it can be somewhat difficult. If you are interested in over wintering Dichondra, you will need to bring it inside where it will not freeze. Another factor in keeping Dichondra over winter is keeping it dry between waterings.

Full Dichondra plant

Full Dichondra plant

To propagate Dichondra, the following steps are very helpful. The first step is to take cuttings from the main plant. It is best to take extra cuttings in case of loss.

A small cutting of Dichondra

A small cutting of Dichondra

 

The next step is to stick the cuttings in propagation soil preferably in small containers of your choice, when sticking the cutting in the soil you will need to make sure the node on the cutting is placed in the soil, because that is where the root will emerge from.

Dichondra cuttings in their growing planter

Dichondra cuttings in their growing planter

Another must while propagating the Dichondra cutting is to keep the foliage dry by watering the container from the bottom. If the foliage gets wet before it is rooted, the foliage tends to rot.

The final step is to plant your newly propagated plant in a larger pot or basket and wait for spring so that you can display it.

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