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kidney weed seeds

Drought-resistant, creeping ground-cover, native to Australia and New Zealand. A lawn substitute for low foot traffic areas, it is often planted in places where other turf-type grass does not grow well. Adult leaves are kidney shaped and small flowers green-yellow. It will form a thick mat in part shaded positions and also looks wonderful in hanging baskets or pots as it will cascade over the side and is very low maintenance.

Sowing: 1mm deep. Direct sow.


Position: Low traffic areas

Sprouting: 7-21 days.

Ideal sowing temp: 10-22C (Avoid the coldest and hottest temps).

Approx 500- 650 seeds per gram

Weed Control – Keeping your dichondra healthy and dense is the first line of weed control. Pre-emergent herbicides can also be used after your dichondra is established. These types of herbicides will keep any type of seed from germinating so make sure your dichondra is well established and quit using pre-emergent herbicide approximately 8 weeks before overseeding your dichondra. You may also use post-emergent herbicides for grassy weeds like quackgrass and crabgrass. You can NOT use herbicides (containing 2-4D) on your dichondra or it will also kill the dichondra. Broadleaf weeds are difficult to control in dichondra if proper care is not taken which is true of most ground cover plants. Manual labor is typically required for broadleaf weeds.

Lightly rake the surface and evenly spread the dichondra seed, evenly watering afterward. The seedbed must be kept moist, but not soggy. A seed sprout may die if it does not have water. Frequency of watering will depend how hot and how sunny it is. It may be necessary to water 3 to 4 times a day to keep the seedbed moist. Dichondra ground cover seed needs warm soil before it can sprout. The best time to seed dichondra is when temperatures are in the 70’s range and night time temps are in the 50’s range.

Seeding Rate: 1 lb of dichondra seed per 500 square feet. Click here to purchase seeds

Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed. When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. Dichondra Repens is commonly called Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, or Lawn Leaf. It grows so easily from ground cover seeds that it can be used as a lawn alternative to create a Dichondra Repens lawn.

Dichondra seed will sprout in 7 – 14 days during warm (70 degrees or warmer) weather. The first leaves will be long and narrow and will not look like dichondra in the beginning. After the seed has all sprouted you can let the ground dry out in between waterings. It is a common mistake to water dichondra ground cover plants too often and too lightly after it is established.

Planting – To plant dichondra ground cover seed you need a thoroughly prepared seedbed and weed free in the beginning. Dichondra is very hard to remove weeds from so make sure you pull out all weeds in the area before you plant your dichondra. Deep, loose, clod-free, smooth, well-drained soil is best for dichondra ground cover plantings.

Best Planting Zones: 7 – 11

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