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Dichondra, Silver Falls

Short Description

Prolific trailing habit perfect in mixed containers or ground cover.

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Combining fantastic silvery-green foliage with stealthy creeping growth habit, this variety is a brilliant choice for mixed containers. Petite light-green to silver leaves produce a dense and thick mantle that cascades over your patio container. Drought- and heat-tolerant, this splendidly leafy plant performs nicely as a ground cover.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

2-3 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Vine

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May 01, 2017

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Item 20422 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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How to Plant

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun in soil in well drained soil. This is an excellent plant for hanging baskets as well.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • With its elegant cascading habit, dichondra is great for urns, hanging baskets and windowboxes as a “spiller” plant. Its silvery foliage contrasts beautifully with many colorful annuals or perennials.
  • Plants are heat and drought tolerant.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
2-3 inches
Spread
36-48 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Vine
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
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Dichondra, Silver Falls is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plant and very hardy I planted this in some containers with Purple Wave petunias. Nice combination. The dichondra is still going strong, even after a very hot and extremely dry summer in GA. I definitely plan to order this again
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I expected more from Burpee They arrived dead. Shall I say it again? They arrived DEAD.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Multiple Uses I agree 100% with Honeybee. This is excellent plant to have; it spills down from large container covering completely everything. You can use cheap plastic container on your patio and none of your guests would know about it. Also I’m using it as ground cover between my vegetables, I planted one of them between my tomato plants, they crawled everywhere completely covering the ground protecting from weeds and keeping the moisture in the ground. You can cut back your watering in half and in addition to that you can enjoy your garden barefooted. Oh, it is very pleasant walking bare foot and picking tomatoes in the summer morning, feeling the cold ground and the little leaves tickle between your toesies. Very, very nice.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dichondra,Silver Falls I have tucked this little plant into my container planters for two years now. It is a fantastic trailing plant that provides a soft gray/green contrast foliage to the plants above it. It stays low and full. Not invasive, but will root where it hits the dirt. I just clip and add to another pot. So sorry that it is an annual, wish I could have it year round.
Date published: 2011-04-04
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