Question: Dichondra

Good morning. I am in charge of analysis laboratory at a composting plant; from our production lines there are soil improvers classified by the Ronchi Decree in green compost and mixed compost that we sell in the territory. In the laboratory we reproduce a series of repetitions with peat and then proceed to the indication, towards the customers, of the appropriate dosages both in the nursery and horticultural sector.
After many positive checks on dwarf lolietto, festuca, arundinacea etc. I had the wonderful idea of ​​trying dichondra. The problem is as follows: after 12 days in any peat dose - soil improver there was germination, although I proceeded to the adequate watering, indicated on the package, and attention to the case; with the other types of seeds I witnessed germination within the first week. I ask her: what can
to be successful?
I thank you for taking the time to devote to my question, and I take the opportunity
to send you my best regards. Fabrizio

Dicondra: Answer: Dichondra

Dear Mr. Fabio,
Thank you for contacting us about your problem with the Dichondra, via the Expert's address book.
Dichondra is a species that belongs to the Convolvulaceae family and is native to southern North America. It is a creeping species with alternating roundish leaves and small white or pale green flowers. The growth habitus is stoloniferous, with culms that tend to take root at every node. It is usually multiplied by seed, but stolonization is also possible.
The optimal soil is of fine texture, slightly acid, not very fertile with a pH between 6.0-6.5, poorly tolerant to salinity and water stagnation is used to form lawns in sunny positions. Regarding the question on the germination of his test, in addition to the certainly important ground for the success of a lawn, we must not underestimate the relationship between temperature and humidity, and last but not
less influential for a sure germination, the depth of sowing that varies from species to species and in the specific case of Dichondra is 1-2 cm. We advise you to repeat the test, trying to sow at the recommended depth and on land that is suitable for the species in question. In the hope of being of help and available for any eventual clarification we send you Best regards