This is Silver Falls Dichondra and it can grow in sun or shade. I use it every year in containers. It will grow in just about any type of soil too which makes it a really good plant for beginners. I pride myself on taking care of plants and preparing my soil in both the containers and the beds. But this year, something happened with the container soil. It was too heavy. I think it was the leaf mulch I used in place of fine bark chips which I ran out of when doing the last couple of pots.
Unfortunately, those with the leaf mulch were potted up with new begonia cultivars I was testing for Proven Winners. I make my own mix each year using equal parts of potting soil, fine bark chips, mushroom compost, and a small hand full of Espoma Plant Tone. To that mix I add one table spoon of slow release fertilizer if the plant is a heavy feeder.
When I ran out of bark chips, I subbed with leaf mulch. It made the mix too heavy and the begonias were rotting in the pots. So I did an experiment for all the pots containing the bad mix. I had about 10 altogether. I changed out all of the soil for every pot. I shook the old dirt from the roots and replanted. In some cases, I had to pull the dirt off cause it was so wet and compacted. Yes, some of the roots got damaged but they were going to die left in that suffocating mess.
It’s a week later and everything but the annual flowering Vinca is dancing a new jig.
Those are my new begonias on the stand and there is plenty of time for them to bloom out and grow nice and long. They have perked right up and turned from a sickly yellowish color to a healthy green. There are two types of begonias in that pot they are—
2009 Mandalay Mandarin
2009 Mandalay Pearl
I’m hoping to show you larger plants that are blooming in a few more weeks. When I took them out of the dense soil, the roots hadn’t spread at all. These plants are suppose to stay on the dry side. Hopefully, I haven’t let Proven Winners down and killed them–it happens even with the best intentions. I am admitting making a very big mistake. It is yet to be seen if I’ve reversed the situation.
The other pots that I replanted are doing equally as well and so I would consider this a success for the most part.
The nasturtiums gave me a bloom for my efforts. They didn’t even skip a beat with the transplanting. I divided my Kimberly Queen fern too. I had one and now I have 4. I just took it out of the container and stuck a spade right down through its middle. And then—cut those two sections in half.
The baby chicks are snug in their new bed.
Now this window box planter got the good dirt from the get go. Somebody pull that grass out of there would you? Look at those begonias in the ground—Shoo doggies–they love mushroom compost. That’s my vegetable garden and I’m pulling in maters now by the truck load.
And the Envy Zinnias all clapped and cheered at the good rain. This is standing room only.