I live in upstate NY. How do I spreadout a pacasandra area

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Want to grow current ground cover into an area that won't grow grass wondering if one can seed pacasandra etc.

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  • Linda Biere Linda Biere on Dec 29, 2017
    Go to www.jw-pachysandra.com/faqs/how-to-grow-ground-cover-plants-like-pachysandra/. You can get a few plants at the home improvement store or nursery. The plants will spread on their own and are great for shady areas.
  • Tuc27063643 Tuc27063643 on Dec 29, 2017
    You can take cuttings from your existing plant runners. Cut off pieces about 6 to 7 inches long from the top of each runner. Your cutting should have at least a single cluster of leaves at the top. Place the cuttings in a clear glass or container with lukewarm or tepid water half way up the stem of the cuttings. Do not use cold water, they do much better with lukewarm water. If the water feels comfortable to your hands, it will be good for your cuttings. Make sure that there are no leaves in the water- or they will rot. Change the water every other day or so to keep the water from becoming stagnate and rotting your cuttings. Place the cuttings near a window or on a window ledge for some sunlight. In about a week, you will see white roots growing out from the lower portion of your cuttings. When the roots are about a 1/2 inch in length, you can now plant your cuttings. I usually plant them 3 to 4 inches apart and allow them to fill in naturally. Water moderately each day and the new plants will flourish. In time the new plants will send out new runners of their own and fill in the space between your new plantings.
    In addition, the place where you took each of your cuttings from, will now regrow 2 new runners/branches of pachysandra where there was originally one. So you do not have to worry about injuring the original plants as long as you leave some petals on the original stem from which you take the original cutting.
    If you do not want to wait, the local garden shops usually sell pachysandra
    by the flat of 50 to 100 plants. You can plant these stems 3 to 4 inches apart also. You can plant pachysandra closer if you have the need to fill a particular area in a short period of time. If it gets too thick, it can "choke" itself and you will see portions not doing well. That is the time to take cuttings from the thick areas and start more new plants.
    Hope this helps. AM
  • Jal22250022 Jal22250022 on Dec 29, 2017
    Thank you I will try this in spring
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