Dymondias are one of the most popular houseplants. They have been used for centuries as decorative plants in homes and gardens. There are many varieties of silver carpet plants available from garden centers, nurseries, home improvement stores, and online retailers. Some of these species include:
Silver carpets come in several colors including white, gold, pink or even purple! Most silver carpet plants require little care; however some need extra attention to ensure they thrive indoors.
Planting Dymondia Silver Carpet Plants
The best time to plant silver carpet is when it’s still spring or summer. You’ll want to wait until the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C) before planting them. If your climate isn’t warm enough, then you may want to wait until fall or winter.
When choosing which type of silver carpet plants you’re going to use, look for ones with thick stems and leaves that will produce flowers easily.
When growing silver carpet plants indoors, you’ll want to keep them away from drafts and other sources of heat. Keep the room where you plan to plant them at least 50 percent airtight. Also make sure there aren’t any holes in the walls or ceiling so moisture can get inside.
Finally, make sure all light fixtures are shielded against direct sunlight.
How To Care For Silver Carpets Indoors?
Silver carpets need about six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day, so make sure to place them near windows that get plenty of sunlight. If you don’t have any windows in your home that face the right direction, you may want to consider buying a grow light to help them grow. Follow the directions that come with the lights carefully for maximum results.
Silver carpets need to be watered about every five to seven days. If the soil is dry up to the base of the stem, then it’s time to water. Use a watering can with a rose on it so you don’t get soil on the foliage.
Soil should be dry before watering again.
Fertilize silver carpets once every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer. Use a product that isn’t too strong because these plants are very sensitive. Alternatively, if you want to feed your silver carpets organic material, use fish emulsion.
Don’t use this type of fertilizer combination more than once a month.
How To Propagate Silver Carpets?
Propagating silver carpet is easy. All you need is some stem cuttings, a glass of water, and some rooting hormone powder. Dip the stem of the cutting into the powder and then plant it in the glass of water. Place the glass in a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight or under a grow light for several weeks.
When the roots start growing you can transfer it to a pot with soil, and then transplant it into your garden. Make sure you water it daily and fertilize it about every four weeks.
Dymondias are a great houseplant as long as they get the right amount of care. With some dedication and time you’ll have a thriving carpet of dymondia in no time!
Other Types of Silver Carpets
While Dymondia is the most common silver carpet plant, there are many others that can be used just as successfully. If you aren’t convinced that Dymondia is right for you, try some of these:
Silver Falls Carpet – Silvery blue leaves with a pink tint and white flowers
Silver Wings Carpet – Silvery green foliage with white flowers
Silver Sword – A solid silvery green carpet with no flowers
Silver Bayonet – A solid silver carpet without flowers
Snow Flake – Solid white leaves with no flowers
Himalayan Mountains – Green leaves with pink flowers
Tips For Growing Silver Carpets
Silver Carpets are some of the easiest plants to grow if you follow a few simple guidelines. Here are some tips to remember:
Make sure that you plant your silver carpet in a location where it will get plenty of direct sunlight. An east facing window is ideal but a sunny southern exposure is just as good. They won’t grow very well in locations that do not receive a lot of direct sunlight.
Silver Carpets like to be root bound, so don’t disturb them once you plant them in the container.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Plant foods, such as fish emulsion or bone meal, promote good growth. Do not over-fertilize, as this can burn the roots.
Do not over-water when it’s hot, as this can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off. During the hottest months (usually June through August), water only once every week or two. When watering, be sure to thoroughly drench the soil until water comes out of the drainage holes.
As these plants are native to mountainous areas, they’re accustomed to colder conditions than what we typically have in our homes. If you want, you can move the container outdoors during the winter and leave it there until spring.
Silver carpet is relatively pest-free. If you find your plant infested with any bugs, treat the infestation immediately as these pests can quickly destroy your carpet.
Silver carpets aren’t as common as the more basic green varieties of money plants, but their unique appearance makes them highly sought after. With a little tender loving care, you can have a lush carpet of silver leaves that are sure to delight anyone who sees it!
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